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Season 3 1965-1966

Leonard Slatkin, the orchestra’s Assistant Conductor, made his Carnegie Hall début as pianist in Ernest Bloch’s “Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra with Piano Obbligato.” Also on the program was Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 3 (“The Camp Meeting”) in its New York première, Second Revised Version.  Music Director David Epstein conducts.

New York Times:  "The musicians in this remarkable ensemble are all . . . 12 to 21, but as in the past, they asked for and needed no quarter on that account. . . . Slatkin was in firm control all the way.  His beat was clear, his readings had both taste and temperament. . . ."  (Robert Sherman)

New York Herald Tribune:  “Except visually (some of the seated musicians’ legs are scarcely long enough yet to reach the floor, for instance), one would believe himself in the presence of a highly professional body of players, since the program made no concessions to age in its ambition or complexity.”

Members of the orchestra included violinist Joel Smirnoff (later a member of the Juilliard String Quartet), Fred Sherry (later a prominent cellist and an artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center), oboist and English hornist Michael Kamen (later a noted film composer), and principal trumpeter Gerard Schwarz (later the conductor of the New York Chamber Symphony and the Seattle Symphony).


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