Music Haven x NHSO Finalists II: All Hail "Queen" Miller?

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All of them came for something different. The full-bellied call of the cello as it made fun of itself, and reached for notes that seemed impossible. The rising, untethered tide of Tchaikovsky, at his most controlling and poetic. The notes that seemed so round and lush you could catch them in your hands. A conductor who would throw her whole body into it all.  

Thursday night, NHSO finalist Rebecca Miller was not the only one to arrive at Woolsey Hall for an audition concert featuring Alexander Borodin (In The Steppes of Central Asia), Dimitri Shostakovich (Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107), and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36). In an audience of a few hundred sat Music Haven students Robert Oakley, Cris Zunin, Noel Mitchell and Jordan Brown, musicians turned music critics for a few hours, before going back to AP homework due Friday. 

In this second installment of a three-part series, the four discuss a central question in the conductor's approach—whether symphonic programming needs to include more composers that are women, people of color, and women of color at every possible opportunity. To read more from Miller on that approach, click here.   

Miller comes in between finalists Alasdair Neale and David Amado, the latter of whom will guest conduct a concert on April 12 (Neale’s audition concert was in February). The three were selected from an international search that yielded over 150 candidates last year. 

Lucy Gellman