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Part II – Bill McGlaughlin interviews Carnegie Hall’s Archivist, Gino Francesconi

The second part of Bill McGlaughlin’s interview with the Director of Carnegie Hall’s Archives and Rose Museum, Gino Francesconi. This audio interview takes listeners backstage for an intimate view of the hall, its history, and the legendary performers who have appeared there.

Watercolors of Bill McGlaughlin and Gino Francesconi by Abigail Edmonds.


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Thank You To All

Here we are at the end of Exploring Music’s two weeks at Carnegie Hall. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks to our Carnegie team- the Archive department, Carnegie’s Associate Public Relations Director Mari Beth Bittan, and of course, Gino Francesconi. Additional thanks to our team at WFMT- Production Assistants Erik Opland and Becky Nystedt , interns Karina Kucking, Abigail Edmonds, Josh Davidoff, and Aj Williams. Lastly, a special thank you to our listeners. Without your support, none of this would be possible!

-Bill, Bill, and Cydne

Please enjoy more photos of Exploring Music at Carnegie Hall featured below.

 Featured left to right are Bill McGlaughlin, Gino Francesconi, Kathryn Gronsbell,
Kathleen Sabogal, Rob Hudson, Cydne Gillard, and Bill Siegmund.

Producer Cydne Gillard on the roof of Carnegie Hall.

Producer Bill Siegmund and Bill McGlaughlin on the rooftop of Carnegie Hall.

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Batons of Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall is fortunate to have a plethora of recorded history about the famous musicians who conducted on its main stage. Held in Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum, 25 batons of these batons used to conduct world-renowned orchestras are now considered archival treasures. Follow the photos below, as Carnegie Hall Archivist Gino Francesconi and Bill McGlaughlin go behind the glass. Featured in the photos (in order) are the batons of Georg Solti, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, and Arturo Toscanini.

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Exploring Music Interview Amy Rhodes

Bill McGlaughlin sits down with Amy Rhodes, Director of  Ensemble Connect. Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States that prepares them for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner with a New York City public school throughout the fellowship.

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Exploring Music Interview with Sarah Johnson

Bill McGlaughlin, Bill Siegmund, and Sarah Johnson (right to left)




This week on the behind the scenes interviews, Bill McGlaughlin interviews the wonderful Sarah Johnson. Ms. Johnson is the Chief Education Officer & Director of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, or WMI


The Weill Music Institute

Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI) produces an extraordinary range of music education and social impact programs each season that extend far outside the physical walls of our concert halls. These programs will reach over half a million people in New York City, across the US, and around the globe during the 2018-2019 season.

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