John Perkel

Original airdate 
May 13, 2022

Long time Boston Symphony librarian John Perkel tells Jim Cunningham about his presentation in concert of a new piece of music for strings written by Leonard Bernstein as a student at Harvard at age 18. It was recorded for broadcast on Boston's WCRB in April of 2022 and will be heard in streaming audio on May 22. John Perkel retired in 2017 after more than two decades with the orchestra. John has many ties to Pittsburgh including the Pittsburgh Symphony's former CEO Gideon Toeplitz and Michael Bielski COO and Senior Vice President who he has known since childhood. Michael now serves as chair of the Community Advisory Board for WQED. John remembers visits by Mariss Jansons and Lorin Maazel to Tanglewood and Symphony Hall with great pleasure. He also recalls the work of  Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director William Steinberg in Boston and the contribution of former Pittsburgh cellist Owen Young.

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