The voice of the Cleveland Orchestra: George Szell liked dirty jokes

Robert Conrad, known as ‘the voice of the Cleveland Orchestra’ is the longest-serving orchestra announcer in broadcast history.

Talking to Zsolt Bognar on Living the Classical Life, he has some tales from the locker-room about Szell, Maazel and Glenn Gould.

Robert Conrad – Living the Classical Life: Episode 66 from Elyria Pictures on Vimeo.

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  • Paul says:

    You can read that Mike Nichols’ announcer’s audition here:
    “The announcer’s lot is not a happy one”

  • Patrick says:

    What a great interview – I know his voice well. Thank you for sharing.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Yet another brilliant interview from Zsolt Bognar. Classy but not stuffy. Informative, charming and entertaining.

  • mhte says:

    I try not miss Live from Severance even when I´m in Europe. I didn´t know these concerts are on demand but the thrill of listening live and not delayed live is wonderful. Well done Robert Conrad.

  • Cleve Orch Fan says:

    Are there many males who DON’T enjoy dirty jokes? Who are these sad creatures?

  • Amos says:

    Having listened to RC over the years there is a monumental quality to his voice which isn’t captured in this interview. Not sure if it’s due to age or acoustics but back in the day his CO taped recordings had a historic quality to them. Unfortunately only the 58-59 season was recorded before RC began in 1965.

  • Mike Schachter says:

    Delightful man, lovely interview. Charming interviewer, a Hungarian like Szell and me!

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