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Conversations with performers, composers, and entrepreneurs. Join Tony and some of the world’s great musicians in interviews that are fascinating, illuminating, and funny (well, most of the time).

Anthony Plog on Music Anthony Plog (host), Eddie Ludema (Producer)

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Conversations with performers, composers, and entrepreneurs. Join Tony and some of the world’s great musicians in interviews that are fascinating, illuminating, and funny (well, most of the time).

    Gábor Tarkövi, Part 1: One of the most revered trumpet players and pedagogues of his generation.

    Gábor Tarkövi, Part 1: One of the most revered trumpet players and pedagogues of his generation.

    Gábor Tarkövi is one of the most revered and respected trumpet players of his generation. He began his career as co-principal trumpet with the  Württemberg Philharmonic, then was principal trumpet of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, followed by principal trumpet with the Bayern Radio Symphony Orchestra. Finally, from 2004-2019 he was principal trumpet with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In addition to his solo and chamber music appearances around the world, he is Professor of Trumpet at the Berlin University of the Arts.

    In order to find out more about the mindset of such a great orchestral musician, I ask Gábor about how he approaches four of the main excerpts in the orchestral literature for trumpet... the openings for both the Mahler Fifth Symphony and Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition, the Ballerina’s Dance from Petroushka, and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. We end part one with a discussion of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall, and how he deals with nerves for those broadcast concerts.

    • 38 min
    Gene Pokorny, Bonus Room: The Legendary Orchestral Tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Gene Pokorny, Bonus Room: The Legendary Orchestral Tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    In addition to his orchestral career, Gene is also an accomplished soloist and chamber player, and I ask him about this aspect of his career. Finally, a huge influence on Gene and his thinking is the author Stephen Covey and his book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." And, as always with Gene, there is a lot of laughter!
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    • 12 min
    Gene Pokorny, Part 2: The Legendary Orchestral Tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Gene Pokorny, Part 2: The Legendary Orchestral Tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Gene Porkorny has had a truly illustrious career as an orchestral musician. In Part 2 we talk about his many experiences with great orchestras of which he has been a member. Beginning with his joining the Israel Philharmonic at the age of 22, Gene talks about his learning curve, what it was like to work with different orchestras and their principal trumpet players, and the reasons why he will play different instruments for different composers and works.
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    • 39 min
    Gene Pokorny, Part 1: The Legendary Orchestral Tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Gene Pokorny, Part 1: The Legendary Orchestral Tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Many people believe Gene Porkorny is the greatest orchestral tubist of his generation. A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1989, he has also been a member of the Israel Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But in addition to his orchestral playing, Gene is an exceptional solo artist and chamber musician.

    As a young man Gene studied with many of the great brass players of our time. In Part 1 of our discussion, he talks about what he learned from each of his teachers (Jeff Reynolds, Roger Bobo, Larry Johanson, Tommy Johnson, and Arnold Jacobs and what made each of those teachers so special. He also talks about a concert in May of 1973 that changed the course of his life.
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    • 32 min
    Morten Lauridsen, Bonus Room: American Composer, Educator and National Medal of Arts Recipient

    Morten Lauridsen, Bonus Room: American Composer, Educator and National Medal of Arts Recipient

    Over the past 2 1/2 years, Professor Lauridsen has had an epic battle with cancer, and he was willing to share aspects of this battle and his moving insights with the hope that it might inspire others who are struggling with health issues. We end by discussing what it was like to receive the National Medal of Arts in 2007.
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    • 18 min
    Morten Lauridsen, Part 2: American Composer, Educator and National Medal of Arts Recipient

    Morten Lauridsen, Part 2: American Composer, Educator and National Medal of Arts Recipient

    In Part 2 we continue our discussion of composition, why he is so inspired by poetry, and how it has led him to write so many works for chorus. We talk about the writing process, and his willingness to struggle to generate his best work. Morten Lauridsen is not only a composer but also a teacher, so we spend a lot of this episode discussing his ideas about teaching.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Mountain Peak Music ,

Excellent podcast!

Tony is a skilled interviewer who casts a wide net for his subjects. There is something interesting for everyone here!

Petem1 ,

Very informative and entertaining

Thanks Tony I really enjoy these especially the Mark Gould interview.

Pete Margulies Utah Symphony

Me1860 ,

Great podcast!

World class musicians being interviewed by a master trumpeter and composer make for an interesting podcast. I really enjoy the thoughtful questions, opinions and stories from everyone involved. Mr. Plog once again demonstrates that everything he touches turns to gold. I love this informative and relevant podcast!

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