NY Times Article on Anthony Newman, NewWSO Guest Artist

Anthony Newman plays the organ at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, where he has been music director since 1991. Credit Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times

A recently published article in the New York Times (“At Peace With a Certain Level of Reknown,” by Phillip Lutz, NY Times, May 3, 2014) gives insight into Anthony Newman, the great Westchester musician who will be headlining our Fall 2014 Intergenerational Concert.

Smiling serenely and speaking in modulated tones, Anthony Newman looked back without anger at his life’s course. The keyboardist and composer, who will be 73 on May 12, did not dwell on how his vibrant readings of early music, once criticized in certain quarters, were now widely copied. Nor did he ponder how fame — the recording mogul Clive Davis once enlisted him to bring Bach to the counterculture masses — in the end proved a bit of a mirage.

“I don’t have the spiteful thing at all,” he said last month, squeezed into a lotus position on a chair in his office at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, where he has been music director since 1991. “I have the Eastern point of view of nonattachment.”

That view, he said, eases his days at the church, a pastoral existence a world apart from the days when, signed to a contract with Columbia Records thanks to a smashing debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1967, he was swept into the fast lane, teaching at the Juilliard School by day and jamming by night with the likes of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Ravi Shankar…[click here for full article]

NewWSO is honored and humbled to perform with Mr. Newman. Tickets for NewWSO’s 2014 Intergenerational Concert will go on sale in Summer 2014.

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