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Shoot the Conductor: Too Close to Monteux, Szell, and Ormandy


Anshel Brusilow’s memoir, co-written with Robin Underdahl, is a fascinating look at American classical music through the eyes of a working-class immigrant child. Raised in Philadelphia by Russian Jewish parents, Anshel Brusilow soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra by 16, while studying at Pierre Monteux’ summer conducting school. Though he served as associate concertmaster at the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and in Philadelphia under Ormandy, he was driven to conduct. At Philadelphia, Brusilow couldn’t resist conducting on the side, to Ormandy’s displeasure. By 40, he’d formed his own chamber orchestra in Philadelphia. Later, he conducted the Dallas Symphony and shaped the orchestral programs at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas. Over the years, he either played with or conducted many top-tier musicians and has something to say about each.

Shoot the Conductor: Too Close to Monteux, Szell, and Ormandy, by Anshel Brusilow and Robin Underdahl, University of North Texas Press,

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