Today's Classical Music Video

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

James Sommerville: Hornist, Athlete and Conductor




Talk about busy! How does one person manage to hold down the position of principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and yet find time to be conductor and music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic? He is also a faculty member at the New England Conservatory. James Sommerville is not only talented but thrives on making the most of his time. And did I mention that he takes physical fitness very seriously too? Ever considered competing in a triathlon? This is an Olympic sport that is actually three sports combined: running, swimming and cycling - at the highest level. This is what James Sommerville does for fun when he is not on the podium in Hamilton or leading the horn section in one of the world's greatest orchestras.

Canada has produced more than its share of world-class musicians and James Sommerville is one of the best of them. Here is a recent video conversation with Sommerville produced by the Boston Symphony.

Paul E. Robinson 

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