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We had rehearsal this afternoon with one of the most intruiging and compelling of conductors in the world, Valery Gergiev, a man who is a legend in his own time. He is principal conductor of the Mariinsky Theater and Mariinsky Opera (previously Kirov Opera) in St. Petersburg, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. He is also principal guest conductor of the Met Opera in NY. We worked through Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 with Gergiev playing with the layers of sound, using expressive gestures to draw out the colors and textures he wanted. He was, in a word, captivating. Come tomorrow night, the performance begins at 8:00!

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