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N.Y.C - S.B.: Music Academy and New York Phil Bring Beethoven to the Beach (Charles Donelan)

ON THE COVER: Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic at Central Park. Photo by Chris Lee.

It's Like That

Indy Executive Arts Editor Charles Donelan attributes his lifelong interest in music to lots of active listening, rather than any claim to musical talent: “I put down the fiendishly difficult B-flat cornet almost as soon as I picked it up.” He recalls life-changing concerts while a New England teenager by everyone from the Grateful Dead and Little Feat to Talking Heads and Pere Ubu. As a grad student in New York City, he was an elevator operator in the legendary Danceteria, where Madonna made her first public appearances and Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys were regulars. Here in town, Charles salutes the symphony and opera, the Lobero and Bowl, and CAMA and UCSB Arts & Lectures for consistently bringing the best in music old, new, and in between.

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