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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Past Stories

Meet the Annotator: Q&A with program note writer Eric Bromberger

Chopin, the Piano and Me

Meet A Musician: Peter McGuire

Recent Articles: Rena Kraut

The Promise of the Blank Slate

Last summer, my almost-six-year-old learned how to swim. I sat at the edge of the pool, watching as he was launched forward by the instructor and managed only a few dog paddles before he was pulled aside for extra help. He tried not to cry; I peeked from behind a shrub. Later, when he stumbled, shivering, into his Stormtrooper towel, the only thing between him and quitting was the post-lesson reward from his teacher, a piece of candy clutched wetly in his hand.

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