Claudio Abbado, famous conductor died on January 20th, 2014. Many mark Abbado’s death as the end of an era as he has been called one of the last “giants of the podium”. Abbado held conducting posts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and the famed Berlin Philharmonic.

Reading posts today I found two quotes from pieces describing his qualities. He was known for treating space and rest in music with reverence. And, after losing much of his intestines Abbado stated:

“My illness was terrible, but the results have not been all bad: I feel that somehow I hear from the inside of my body, as if the loss of my stomach gave me internal ears. I cannot express how wonderful that feels.”

Is this an end of an era? Who are the conductors of today that will become the next “giants of the podium”?

Dave Gerhart

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Dave Gerhart

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