DECEMBER 18, 2012 11:00 AM

First Listen: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony

By Ben Finane

I was a kid watching a PBS Great Performances in which Leonard Bernstein conducted the New York Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. He conducted the piece with no score. He was jumping all over the podium. That performance made an immediate and lasting impression. I was fortunate that years later I played in an orchestra at a summer fine arts camp that performed the Fourth Symphony. I was really absorbed in performing that great work.

Damon Chu
Scottsdale, AZ