"In my father's line they were [cantors], then village entertainers, and then theater people, and then all this came around to me to be a classical musician," he said. "I think that I tend to recognize certain qualities in the music because of the nature of my family's background. Particularly, in the approach I've taken to Mahler, I hear so much village music, and situations arising from village music, in his big structures."
"I also think," he added, "that because I was raised in a family that came from a theatrical background, I do approach these things more from the perspective of being a director, in that I'm working with great performers [who are like] great actors. I'm trying to clarify for them the space in which they do what they do, and trying to help them be in character, to help them be the character."
The show is coming to Tanglewood this summer.