Watch: An Interview with Conductor JoAnn Falletta

Mar 2, 2018

This week, I had the pleasure of talking with JoAnn Falletta. Music director of both the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony orchestras, Maestra Falletta is in Columbus to conduct the Columbus Symphony, 8 p.m. Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 in the Ohio Theatre.

On the program is Johannes Brahms' First Symphony, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 with Alexi Kenney and two pieces by Lili Boulanger: D'un soir triste and D'un matin de printemps.

I first encountered Maestra Falletta about 10 years ago. Her conducting is extraordinary. She has the gift of bringing out new colors in music you thought you knew.

Here's our conversation, presented live on our Facebook page, from Classical 101's Music Library. We talk about her program in Columbus, music, career paths and Boulanger. Music has no finer advocate than Falletta:

My thanks to WOSU's Emily Thompson, Nick Houser, Eric French and Ray Bruster for making this interview possible. And special thanks to JoAnn Falletta!