Tonight from 10 to 11 p.m. CDT on Critical Thinking on 98.7WFMT Chicago -- and via free streaming anywhere at wfmt.com I talk with American-born, European-trained conductor David Robertson, music director of the St. Louis Symphony and chief conductor- and artistic director of the Sydney (Australia) Symphony Orchestra. The former principal conductor of Pierre Boulez's Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, Robertson is a longtime advocate of all types of modern and contemporary music and their integration into general concert programming.
We spoke in late May when he was making one of his regular guest conducting appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, just after his Sydney appointment (beginning in 2014), and as he was preparing to take St. Louis on an intriguingly programmed European tour, its first in 14 years and its first with Robertson.
We'll also listen to the complete "Doctor Atomic Symphony" in the world premiere recording Robinson and St. Louis made for Nonesuch after giving the work, drawn from Adams's opera, its North American performance premiere.
The program will then be available anytime for free podcast/download/streaming at wfmt.com/criticalthinking.
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