Bernstein’s NY Phil assistant has died

The conductor and composer Russell Stanger, longtime music director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, died today aged 90. Obit here.

He assisted Lenny 1960-62.

 

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    • Thanks for the reunion info, BB. Maestro Stanger was a very inspiring, caring, gifted, dramatic conductor and composer. He was the first really great conductor I ever worked with when at the age of 15 I was concertmaster of the camp in Saratoga Springs. I’ll never forget learning Tchaikovsky Pathetique, Beethoven 7, and Barber Adagio for Strings. He knew Barber personally – I’ll never forget in the dress rehearsal how he looked to the ceiling and said, “this one’s for you Sam.” And we played our hearts out! RIP Maestro Stanger and thank you for inspiring and leaving lasting impressions on so many of us.

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