Backstage with Willy - Herbert Blomstedt

Time to bring to you more of the photography skills of our violinist William Haroutounian! Today we feature Willy’s photo of Herbert Blomstedt, who happens to also be our guest conductor this week. Maestro Blomstedt has joined us before and we are thrilled he is back to grace our halls again for a few days. It’s been several years since we were able to pin him down—he’s highly sought after due to his “several” years of rave reviews. After all, Maestro Blomstedt made his major conducting debut in 1954. You read that right, 1954…in fact, this July he will be celebrating his 85th birthday! And he is still going strong. There are still two more chances to see him with the NSO; don’t miss him this Saturday and Sunday conducting Beethoven and Strauss. And keep checking back for more of Willy’s photography!

Backstage with Willy

Besides being fantastic musicians, many NSO members also have hidden talents. Among them is violinist William Haroutounian's impressive photography skills. During his 49 (yes, 49!) years playing for us, he has also photographed many of our guest artists. His photos, signed by the artists, grace our backstage walls. And now, we are sharing them with you! We begin this week with a photo of Midori, who will be performing with us this Friday, Saturday and Sunday under the baton of Maestro Eschenbach. Stop by and soak up Britten’s Violin Concerto this weekendand check back soon for more of Willy’s work!