Like most Bostonians, I am D-O-N-E with winter. Just as the Red Sox are gearing up for the new season, I’m hitting the market for some spring wardrobe. I stopped by ROSTER in Faneuil Hall to pick up a ‘47Brand cap. Ironically, something happened as I was putting on a Boston Red Sox hat for the first time in my life. I felt as if I had finally become a citizen of Boston, Massachusetts. The experience seemed more official than receiving my driver’s license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
If you know anything about me, you know that I am all in for Boston. I was so proud to be wearing apparel that represents Boston-based brands (Red Sox, Twins Enterprises, and ROSTER Stores) that I instagramed an image with hashtags #FranchiseTag #Boston soon after I left store.
The B cap is a distinctive sign of Boston culture, just as cowboy hats are for the western part of the country.
True or False? People are often profiled depending on what they wear-those who wear cowboy hats are thought to drive pick-up trucks, to listen to country music and to speak with a western accent. Someone in a B cap would be branded with the Boston accent, outstanding schools, world-class hospitals, winning sport teams, and record snow falls.
How would you like to be profiled in your Boston Red Sox hat?
Garment washed Boston Red Sox clean up with a broken-in look and feel.
Someone who likes to kick it old school.
By the way, the Garment Washed cap is more my speed.
All eyes are on the energetic – and telegenic — Andris Nelsons when he bounds across the stage of Boston Symphony Hall to take his place at the conductor’s podium, his sheer physicality a performance unto itself. At 35 years old, Nelsons is one of the youngest and most electrifying conductors on the international scene today and the youngest music director to lead the BSO in more than 100 years. He might also be the only one to have ever been a student of martial arts. Prior to his arrival in Boston, the Latvia native was music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), where he earned critical acclaim. Born in Riga to a family of musicians, Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying to be conductor. He is married to the internationally renowned soprano Kristine Opolais, who joined him on stage for his first opening night leading the storied Boston Symphony Orchestra.
AS A YOUNG CONDUCTOR, WHAT DID THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MEAN TO YOU? WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS?
As a music student growing up in Latvia, I was aware of the leading position of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), one of the world’s greatest orchestras. I followed the careers of several BSO‘s legendary music directors, especially Serge Koussevitzky, Charles Munch, Erich Leinsdorf, and Seiji Ozawa, and more recently, James Levine. I remember listening to many BSO recordings and feeling overwhelmed by the extraordinary performances. I never imagined that I would become this orchestra’s music director!
WHAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST SURPRISE ABOUT BOSTON AUDIENCES FOR YOU SO FAR?
The enthusiasm that the Boston audiences has shown to me, has touched me deeply. I have always heard that the Boston audiences were passionate music lovers—and it is very true! They also are generous in expressing pride and love for the orchestra. The BSO has been a great inspiration and joy for many of our patrons. My hope is to do all I can to continue to inspire them to ever greater levels of satisfaction and reward.
IS THE ORCHESTRA DIFFERENT TODAY THAN WHEN YOU FIRST GUEST-CONDUCTED IN 2011?
I don’t know that I can speak to how different the orchestra is today than it was in 2011. When I conducted the orchestra for the first time in March 2011, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and power the orchestra displayed in Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. It is a very difficult piece of music, but we developed quickly a good connection and were able to make incredible music together. My joy nearly four years later comes from getting to know the orchestra better. I enjoy meeting and getting to know each individual musician, knowing them by name. This helps us work better together and make some great music.
WE’RE IN THE AGE OF “NEW” MEDIA. DID YOUR TRAINING AS A MUSICIAN AND A CONDUCTOR PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEW ROLE AS HOLOGRAM AT SYMPHONY HALL?
I have never participated in the creation of a hologram before, so it was fun to see how they created the 3D image. It’s both strange and exciting to stand next to your own talking and moving hologram – and I was happy to see that I have lost some weight since recording the image last July! I hope our wonderful patrons enjoyed this technology, and that the hologram and overall exhibit communicated some interesting and new information, especially to newcomers to the BSO.
IS THE ROLE OF CONDUCTOR OF A WORLD-CLASS ORCHESTRA OF THE 21’ST CENTURY DIFFERENT THAN IT WAS FOR YOUR HISTORIC COUNTERPARTS?
I would say that it is a faster moving world today, of course it is, and this pace applies to all aspects of modern life! However, in contrast, the fundamental role of the conductor has not changed so much at all on the podium. This profession is still based on personal communication and it rather stands the test of time in this sense. It’s such a magical and of historic profession.
BOSTON HAS A REPUTATION FOR BEING A FAIRLY TRADITIONAL CITY. CAN YOU GIVE US A PREVIEW OF ANY EXCITING, NEW WORK YOU’LL BE INTRODUCING?
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has always presented many new interesting compositions with major composers as Bartok, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Babbitt, Birtwistle, Carter, and Saariaho, and many others, and also significant premieres. So there is no doubt that with the great repertoire that we all love so deeply—music of Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, etc.—we will also explore works by new composers and go back to some of the works of the 20th and 21st centuries that have made the recent history of classical music. Sophia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium is a great example of bringing back a late 20th century work that is now considered a masterpiece of our field—and Baiba Skride’s recent performances captured the extraordinary sound of Ms. Gubaidulina’s composition. This season we’ve also programmed works by Boston composers Gunther Schuller, John Harbison, and Michael Gandolfi, as well as works by Australian composer Brett Dean and my Latvian compatriot Eriks Esenvalds. Our audiences have responded very enthusiastically to what we have performed so far. We will continue to explore new works and bring the very best of music to our wonderful patrons.
For further information about the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a complete spring schedule, visit Boston Symphony or click here for complete programs, ticket information, photos, press documents, and artist bios.
Jeff Lahens (DressCode Boston) caught up with his friend actor Jay Harrington, star of the USA Network show Benched, for a quick interview on Twitter. Here’s a transcript of what the Boston area native is up to and what he thinks his character’s chances are in a TV pickup game of street basketball.
Jay Harrington retweeted a Tweet you were mentioned in:
Dec 29: TODAY, 1PM EST join the chat via @styleboston w/ BOSTON’s own @jayharrington3 of @BenchedUSA #styleboston #BenchedUSA
Q: @styleboston: what’s your relationship w/New England? #BenchedUSA #styleboston
A: Grew up in Wellesley Ma love to visit as often as possible U could say it’s a serious long dist 1
Q: Where do you live now?
A: Santa Monica, Calif.
Q: How do you rep #Boston in LA and NYC?
A: .@RedSox trailer hitch on my truck
Q: We’ve learned that you’re a @SyracuseU alumnus. What did you study?
A: drama @SU_VPA @SUDrama_VPA
Q: Where did you go to high school? What sports did you play?
A: Wellesley High, hockey
Q: Do you bleed Orange for @Cuse or Green for @Celtics? 🙂
Q: What character do you play @BenchedUSA?
A: Phil Quinlan part attorney part gambler
Q: Tell us about @BenchedUSA.
A: Honest look at life of public dfndrs,workplace ensemble comedy
Q: PHIL @BenchedUSA vs HARVEY @Suits_USA on the basketball court. Who wins?
A: Phil #whosgotnext
Q: PHIL @BenchedUSA vs JACK MCCOY in the court room. Who wins?
A: Sam Waterston ftw, but Phil at the bar
Q: When discussing fashionable cities, Boston is rarely mentioned. How do you feel about that?
A: #Boston has TONS of style! W/ so many diff universities and cultures repping individual tastes together in an amazing city!
Q: What are 3 words to describe Phil’s style @BenchedUSA?
A: last min, hungover chic
Q: Who are your style icons?
A: Cary Grant was the man #whosgotnext
Q: Who is the best looking man on TV right now?
A: Ted Danson & scrawny arms @RobLowe
Q: Favorite TV shows when you were growing up?
A: $6 Million Man, Family Ties, Batman w/ @TheRealAdamWest
Q: Name your favorite restaurants/bars in Boston?
A: Clark’s Faneuil Hall, @LibertyHotel
Q: What’s a must-see or must-do in Boston?
A: #FreedomTrail, #CapeCod, @RedSox #FenwayPark
Q: Who will the @Patriots play in the Superbowl this year? 🙂
Editor’s note: The last exchange prompted @RhettNFL to Tweet: The Pats are in the Super Bowl already??? To which Jay Harrington replied: My New Year’s Resolution – to be positive.
EDITOR AT LARGE
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