*ARSC New York Chapter*

*APRIL 2013 Meeting*

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*7:00 PM, Thursday, 4/18/13*

*at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center*

*West 140th Street & Convent Avenue, New York*

*or enter at 138th Street off Convent Avenue*

*Shepard Hall (the Gothic building) – Recital Hall (Room 95, Basement level)

*An elevator is located in the center of the building*

EUGENE GOOSSENS: Conductor of the Future

*Presented by Dennis D. Rooney*

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The scion of a distinguished British musical family of Belgian origin,
Goossens counted among his siblings Leon, often called the world’s greatest
oboist, and a sister, Sidonie, a celebrated harpist. In 1921, with the
composer present, he conducted in Queen’s Hall the first concert
performance in Britain of Stravinsky’s *Le Sacre du printemps*. He began to
make recordings the following year and continued to do so for the next four
decades. He was conductor of two American orchestras, Rochester (1923-31)
and Cincinnati (1933-46). With the latter, he made a memorable series of
RCA Victor recordings beginning in 1941. From Cincinnati he went to Sydney,
Australia, as conductor of the Sydney Symphony. He was credited with
revitalizing that nation’s musical life, but in 1956, a sex scandal drove
him from Australia in disgrace. Back in England, his final six years of
life were difficult, although he enlarged his discography considerably by
recording for the newly established Everest label. Aside from that
discography, his most enduring legacy is the Sydney Opera
although it would not be dedicated until a decade after his death.

During his lifetime, Goossens was regarded among the leading younger
British conductors, with wide interpretative sympathies, reflected in
recordings from acoustic to 35mm mag film. Composers as diverse as
Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, Bax, Stravinsky, Respighi, Tchaikovsky and Bizet
will be included in this presentation, which will also include some of the
eighteen fanfares Goossens commissioned in 1942 from several composers, the
most famous of which is Copland’s *Fanfare for the Common Man*.

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Dennis D. Rooney joined ARSC in 1996 and currently serves on its Technical
Committee and Book Awards Panel. His reviews of books and recordings
regularly appear in the ARSC JOURNAL and he has been a regular presenter at
ARSC national conferences.  A professional career embracing journalism,
classical  record production, broadcasting and narration has been
accompanied by nearly six decades as a record collector.  Discs from his
collection  are frequently used in CD historical reissues.

A producer and Archival and Catalogue Exploitation Consultant to the
classical recording  industry, he developed and contributed to important
classical reissue lines for Sony Classical (including the award-winning
Masterworks Heritage historical re-issues),  Universal Classics and Vox. He
conceived and produced a 12-CD set of historical and broadcast recordings
issued in 2003 by the Minnesota Orchestra to celebrate its centennial.

 In addition to broadcast affiliations with Minnesota Public Radio and New
York’s WQXR-FM,  his work as a narrator includes more than one hundred
titles for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped. His writings on music have regularly appeared in THE STRAD for
mor than a quarter century. He has also contributed to BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE,

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*Joseph Patrych* will celebrate the super-centenary of five pianists born
in 1903: Claudio Arrau, Abram Chasins, Vladimir Horowitz, Erwin Nyiregyházi
and Rudolf Serkin.

*Subway*: Take the 1 train to 137th Street City College and walk north to
140th St. & Broadway, then go east to 140th St. & Convent Avenue. Take the
A, B, C, or D trains to 145th St, go south on St. Nicholas to 141st St,
(one long block), then west one block to Convent Avenue.and south one more
block to 140th & Convent Avenue.
*Bus*: M4 and M5 on Broadway; M 100, 101 on Amsterdam Ave (one block West
of Convent Avenue.)


 The Sonic Arts Center at CCNY offers 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees
in Music with a concentration in Music and Audio Technology.  Their program
provides an in-depth curriculum emphasizing real-world skills with a
project-based approach.  Students enjoy a well-rounded program, with
emphasis on audio technology, music theory, orchestration, and history to
help them compete in a field that today demands an ever-growing and highly
diverse skill set.

All ARSC NY Chapter meetings are free and open to the public.

*Voluntary contributions to help defray our expenses are welcome!*

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