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Lucas Foss (1922-2009): Symphony of Chorales (Symphony No. 2) Boston Symphony Orchestra, Lucas Foss, conductor

German-born Lucas Foss (1922- 2009) was brought to the United States in 1937 by his parents. He was early on recognized as a child prodigy.

In the United Stated he "studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, with Isabelle Vengerova (piano), Rosario Scalero (composition) and Fritz Reiner (conducting).

As a lifelong friend of Leonard Bernstein, who called him an "authentic genius," he conducted the Bernstein premiere of "West Side Story," and Bernstein conducted the premiere of Foss's Time Cycle.

"Foss also studied with Sergei Koussevitzky during the summers from 1939 to 1943 at the Berkshire Music Center (now known as the Tanglewood Music Center) and, as a special student, composition with Paul Hindemith at Yale University from 1939 to 1940. He became an American citizen in 1942. Foss was appointed professor of music at UCLA in 1953, replacing Arnold Schoenberg. While there he founded the Improvisation Chamber Ensemble, which made its Boston debut in 1962 for the Peabody Mason Concert series. He founded the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts in 1963while at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

"Six different years from 1961 to 1987, Foss was the Music Director of the esteemed Ojai Music Festival. From 1963 to 1970 he was Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1971-1988 he was Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic... From 1981 to 1986, he was conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

"He was a Professor of Music, Theory, and Composition at Boston University beginning in 1991. His notable students include Faye-Ellen Silverman, Claire Polin and Rocco Di Pietro." (Source: Wikipedia)

His Second Symphony entitled Symphony of Chorales was composed 1955 - 1958. Here Lucas Foss conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance on October 31, 1958, in Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts.

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