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On the Cover: Blake Hinson Gives a New View on Strauss

In this final installment of this month's On the Cover series, Philharmonic bassist Blake Hinson gives us his perspective on Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben. Blake plays a bow's-eye-view excerpt of the spinning, energy-building — and, for bassists, pulse-racing — section beginning at rehearsal nine.

Learn more about Blake Hinson.

WATCH: Rehearsing Strauss's 'Morgen' in Dublin

Music Director Alan Gilbert leads the Orchestra, Acting Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in Strauss's song "Morgen" at National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland, on April 16, 2015. They played it as an encore after that evening's concert, part of the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, supported by Exclusive Tour Sponsor Credit Suisse.

Principal Oboe Liang Wang Named Artist of the Year by Beijing International Music Festival

Liang Wang NY Philharmonic

Congrats are in order to our Principal Oboe Liang Wang, who on Saturday received the Beijing International Music Festival Artist of the Year award (which has previously been given to the likes of Isaac Stern).

Before the all-Strauss program, in which Liang was the soloist, at Beijing Concert Hall, Madam Deng Nan (above left, in middle), the daughter of Deng Xiao Ping, former Prime Minister of China, presented the award. Long Yu (above left, at left), chairman of the Beijing International Music Festival Artistic Committee, called Wang "the pride of our Chinese artists."

This is not the first collaboration between the oboist and Yu, who has conducted the Philharmonic and is President of Shanghai Orchestra Academy, which Liang helped launch in September when he and other Philharmonic musicians taught and advised during the intensive two-week opener. Read more and see photos.

A Concertmaster's Life

Glenn Dicterow

Glenn Dicterow comes full circle during his farewell season as the Phil's longest-serving Concertmaster: in December he'll be spotlighted in solos from Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), one of the first pieces he performed with the Orchestra, on Live From Lincoln Center.

“That’s one way to get one’s feet wet: trial by fire. Strauss must have hated violinists because he wrote the most challenging, impossibly hard licks for the violin. It ends with one of the most heavenly dialogues that Strauss ever wrote for solo violin and horn.”

Movie Music Mash-Up

A Dancer's Dream

On this date in 1926, the film Don Juan, starring John Barrymore, was released, featuring the Philharmonic on the sound track — the first time in history that a symphony orchestra was heard on a movie.

Fast forward to today:

The Phil presents THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic, September 17–21, with Alec Baldwin as Artistic Advisor

Also in September, the Orchestra will act, juggle, and perform on movie screens worldwide for the screening of the Phil's hit season finale event, A Dancer's Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky.

As for Don Juan, Alan Gilbert will conduct R. Strauss's musical depiction of the rogue in November, with Glenn Dicterow on the concertmaster solos during his Philharmonic farewell season.

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