Stokie

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  1. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    The American Symphony was one of the first gigs I got when I moved to New York from Baltimore. I auditioned for Leopold Stokowski at his apartment. It was like a movie set! Exotic instruments all over the place. It was the whole floor of the apartment building.....and I hear it was a rent-controlled pad. I can't remember what I played for the Maestro, but when I finished he said,"You are a Philadelphian." I was startled! How the heck did he know that? I was offered a position on the spot.
    The ASO is a free-lance orchestra, in those days tenure was out of the question.
    Jimmy Stubbs was the principal,Gerry Schwarz was co-principal and Lou Ranger made up the section.

    We played some seriously strange music, Check out a piece titled "The Jungle." The composer is Werner Josten. I think the recording is still around. There is an instrument that reproduces a .....Lion's roar :roll: You had to be there.

    I got a chance to work with Igor Markavitch with the ASO. We did several performances o f'Le Sacre." He did not use a score at any time. Not at rehearsals or concerts. Now that's scary! He knew The Rite of Spring.

    Stokie was fearless. He hired minorities long before it was mandated by law.
    Man, do we need a guy today to shake things up like he did in Philly :cool:

    Wilmer
     
  2. davidjohnson

    davidjohnson Piano User

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    wilmer:

    are you on the ives 4 record? is that too old for you?

    dj
     
  3. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    Just a tad. It was probably Jimmy Stubbs.
    Wilmer
     
  4. uatrmpt

    uatrmpt Piano User

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    We used one of those in Wind Ensemble last semester. Ours was some type of string through a drum head.
     
  5. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    That's it!
    Scared the heck out of me! Keep your eyes on those guys, you never know what they're up to :shock:
    Wilmer
     
  6. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

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    That would be a "Quica"!

    ML
     
  7. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    Yee HAW!
    The last year my daughter was in University she was equipment manager for the wind ensemble. She had me searching everywhere to see where they could beg/buy/rent/borrow/steal a "Lion Roar". Never did find one and we kinda knew what they looked like too.

    Has to be the first thing we failed to find on Ebay!!!
     
  8. PhatmonB6

    PhatmonB6 Mezzo Piano User

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