Everyone has an idea in their heads about who “the great ones” are in professional orchestras. Some of the names that might come to mind are: Vic Firth, timpanist; Dale Clevenger, horn; Andre Previn, violinist/pianist/conductor; YoYo Ma, cellist; James Galway, flutist; Emmanuel Axe, pianist; Gil Shaham, violinist; Lorin Maazel, conductor; John Williams, conductor; Ann-Sophie Mutter, violinist; and Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor. These are well known names in the musical world, but many of them are retired or will be in the near future. Who will be taking their places? What will become of America’s orchestras when these greats finally take a well-deserved break?

This exhibit gives a glimpse into what could be our future.  Everyone featured in the exhibit is 35 or younger, has had their current positions for five years or less, and plays in one of the major orchestras in this country. All sections of the orchestra are represented by at least one person- including the conductors. The materials on display come from the Diehn Composers Room Collection.

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