Influential Books

Jonathan Leshnoff

July 06, 2008|By Joanna Brenner

Jonathan Leshnoff has been the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra's composer-in-residence for two years, but his works have been featured every season since 2005. His trombone concerto will be performed in October, and he will have a CD coming out in February, featuring his violin concerto.

"With an orchestra, you have an infinite amount of colors to play with," said Leshnoff. "It's like being a kid in a toy store. It's an infinite amount of fun and exhilaration."

"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury

I find it curious how this novel, written in the 1950s, speaks so directly to me today. From the 'talking ear-shells' to war, this book's timeless message of intellectual freedom and hope seems strangely prophetic. It's fun to re-read, just to find parallels between Bradbury's imaginary society and the one in which we live.

"The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music" by Ted Libbey

This encyclopedia is a real help in my own work. The entries are quite engaging and enjoyable - including lesser-known facts. There is an on-line CD companion, making this a great introduction for someone who wants to learn more about classical music.

"How Doctors Think" by Jerome Groopman

This is essential reading for someone wishing to delve beneath the surface diagnosis. There is a really surprising chapter on faith and prayer.

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