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Stages to Success brings you the fascinating people and stories from my 15-year career as a symphony clarinetist in Barcelona, Buffalo, and Syracuse and my current 15-year career, as a commercial real estate broker in New York and Chicago. Learn the background of these compelling individuals, They exude a drive to excel and pride in a job well done. They succeed, with some of them overcoming incredible obstacles. Hear the stories of great performers, in music and business.

Stages to Success John Hunter

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Stages to Success brings you the fascinating people and stories from my 15-year career as a symphony clarinetist in Barcelona, Buffalo, and Syracuse and my current 15-year career, as a commercial real estate broker in New York and Chicago. Learn the background of these compelling individuals, They exude a drive to excel and pride in a job well done. They succeed, with some of them overcoming incredible obstacles. Hear the stories of great performers, in music and business.

    Episode 022 – Conductor Grant Cooper: Mathematics/ Electrician/ Trumpet – Quite a Business Card!

    Episode 022 – Conductor Grant Cooper: Mathematics/ Electrician/ Trumpet – Quite a Business Card!

    Grant Cooper, former Music Director of the West Virginia Symphony, like many entrepreneurs, is a man without a plan, but with a nimble attitude.  Hear how a young trumpet virtuoso from New Zealand reached for the stars and ended up on the podium of major orchestras, composing new works, editing and producing in the recording studio, and creating a career in the United States that has spanned over 4 decades.

    BIO

    https://www.easternmusicfestival.org/artist/grant-cooper

    Upcoming

    http://fredopera.org/home/bach_beyond_baroque_music_festival

    My Music

    http://wvsymphony.org/tales-of-wv-hills-cd

    Episode 021 – Honey, I Think We Have Some Water in the Basement

    Episode 021 – Honey, I Think We Have Some Water in the Basement

    On Monday morning, April 13, 1992, basements of old downtown Chicago commercial buildings mysteriously began filling with water.  Unbeknownst to these building owners, an old underground system of railroad delivery tunnels had been punctured by a crew working on pilings on the Chicago River.   Before it was done, an estimated 250 million gallons of water from the Chicago River had flooded scores of vintage downtown buildings, and closed the subway system. A hobbyist and train enthusiast, Bruce Moffatt, had written a small book about this early 20th century forgotten underground delivery system.  Overnight, he was the unsuspecting celebrity interviewee on background for this amazing news story.  Hear Bruce tell the story of the creation of Chicago’s underground commercial network of tunnels that delivered services and goods to Chicago’s great buildings of the early 20th century.

    https://www.amazon.com/Forty-Feet-Below-Chicagos-Interurbans/dp/0916374548

    https://www.amazon.com/Chicago-tunnel-story-Exploring-Association/dp/0915348357/ref=pd_cp_14_1?pd_rd_w=fl1OU&pf_rd_p=ef4dc990-a9ca-4945-ae0b-f8d549198ed6&pf_rd_r=ZA2GTDP2BNCCMPQZTWWD&pd_rd_r=73066a75-3540-11e9-b2e7-6f7785343a0e&pd_rd_wg=elcM0&pd_rd_i=0915348357&psc=1&refRID=ZA2GTDP2BNCCMPQZTWWD

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_flood

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coeeBc3bfMA

    Who the Heck is that Kid in the Clarinet Section?

    Who the Heck is that Kid in the Clarinet Section?

    Charleston, West Virginia Symphony concert-goers of the 1950’s may have been surprised to see a 13 year old boy playing bass clarinet at concerts. Over the next four years, young Larry Combs would gradually graduate to the first chair in the section, at the ripe old age of 17. Larry would go on to Interlochen, the Eastman School, where he paired with world famous jazz musicians, on to the military, and on to the symphony orchestra positions and career that catapulted his name to the heights of the clarinet world. Larry literally built his name and reputation into a brand, and was one of the titans of the clarinet world for 3 decades, holding the principal clarinet position of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1978 until his retirement in 2008.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Combs

    https://youtu.be/-9hJVaif_JU

    https://youtu.be/q8Hmiqwsooc

    https://youtu.be/j5e94SPA4As

    https://youtu.be/OzRxgfAUyhU

    https://youtu.be/uMofInhoFaI

    https://www.music.msu.edu/faculty/profile/elsa-ludewig

    https://youtu.be/T6TUABU51JA

    https://youtu.be/3yYE4Fjokew

    Theres Something About Mary From Rugs to Riches

    Theres Something About Mary From Rugs to Riches

    Two star-crossed Armenian immigrants met in Evanston in the nineteen-teens. They brought together a trade from the old country, Turkey, a booming demand for their trade in the United States, and mixed in a bit of good-old real estate entrepreneurship. They built the business and the buildings that became Koshgarian Rug Cleaners in La Grange and Hinsdale, Illinois. The business is now in its fourth generation of their family. Hear this fascinating tale, as told by Herb Koshgarian, the 89 year old son of immigrants Mike and Mary Koshgarian. It’s a classic tale of hard work and acumen; that of the immigrant owner/ user of commercial real estate in the United States.

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    Herb

    Gulesserians to Wisconsin Article 1920

    Herb As a Boy

    Koshgarians In the Old Country

    Herb’s Father’s Family

    First Koshgarian Building

    Stanley Hasty of the Eastman School of Music - One of the Clarinet Jedi Masters

    Stanley Hasty of the Eastman School of Music - One of the Clarinet Jedi Masters

    Sometimes a gifted individual steps out of the limelight and turns his energies to teaching, and discovering a methodology that leads others to greatness.   Joe Torre of the New York Yankees is a prime example in sports.  Stanley Hasty was such a clarinetist and teacher.  For 2 decades, he worked his way around the country in some of the most illustrious principal clarinet positions.  Then, at the request of Howard Hanson, he was brought to the Eastman School of Music for a teaching career that lasted 4 more decades.  Join me in an interview with clarinet Professor Elizabeth Gunlogson from the University of New Hampshire, who has written the definitive work on Stanley Hasty’s career, and knew this remarkably influential man in a way his students almost couldn’t.

     

    Links:

    https://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/islandora/object/fsu:182145/datastream/PDF/view

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._Stanley_Hasty

    https://www.esm.rochester.edu/about/portraits/hasty/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8M3DoFbBE4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGshQtRwHNE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BolsV781mg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWD6k0oxkd4

    Lesson with Hasty

    Doing Good and Doing Quite Well David Doig

    Doing Good and Doing Quite Well David Doig

    When you visit the Loop in Chicago, you’ll probably take a picture at the iconic Bean ( actually called Cloud Gate).  If you’re watching the business section in the papers, you’ll see a gigantic new sports complex that’s been constructed in the Pullman neighborhood.   You’ll also see a new Method factory recently constructed, and Whole Foods new Midwest distribution center.  You may have also heard about one of the first two Whole Foods in the country that was placed into a food desert in an underprivileged neighborhood, in this case, Englewood.  “Wow’, you think, “Chicago is doing a lot of things right”.   But what you probably don’t realize it that all these things have one person in common, developer and public finance wizard, David Doig.  Listen to a humble man describe his amazing journey.

     

    Links:

    https://methodhome.com/beyond-the-bottle/soap-factory/

    https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park.html

    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170605/englewood/whole-foods-living-up-to-hype/

    https://www.cnigroup.org/

    https://www.att-law.com/project/whole-foods-distribution-center/

     

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I couldn't help but think excellence is it's own reward. Someone who pursues their craft and cares about their work will enjoy the journey and succeed. Looking forward to the next episode. Great podcast!

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