Posted 12 January 2004 - 12:59 PM
I find, in fact, that I have only a sketchy idea of the details of his career. When and how did he first become associated with Balanchine and NYCB and how has his role changed and developed over the years?
Posted 12 January 2004 - 01:45 PM
Posted 12 January 2004 - 01:53 PM
I'm pretty sure he was first violin in a string quartet which used to play live on radio station WQXR. At any rate, in 1954 he was that for a Robbins ballet called Quartet, to Prokofiev's String Quartet No. 2.
I'm grateful to Michael for introducing this subject. I wish I knew more about Hugo's career beyond this bare bones outline. I absolutely agree that some kind of recognition should come his way this year. In the meantime, I've taken to shouting bravo as loudly as I can every time he takes the podium.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 02:39 PM
This is a link to a profile of Hugo Fiorato written by David Rosenberg. You only get the first two paragraphs without subscribing, and it's a year old. Here is a sentence from it:
This is the closing performance of the New York City Ballet’s winter season, and the generous applause is begun by a patron who frequently sits directly behind the podium. As Fiorato bows his head, he says to the familiar balletomane, “Good evening. How the hell are you?"[/font]
Posted 13 January 2004 - 07:45 PM
Posted 22 January 2004 - 11:28 AM
Balanchine asked, during the orchestra strikes of the 70's why the musicians wanted more money. When Fiorato ended his explanation saying "why shouldn't a musician make as much as a garbage man?" Balanchine says, "Because garbage stinks!"
I hope the fishing is good for Hugo when he puts his baton on the shelf. Reading this, I was struck with the civility of the generation he is part of, the civilization which is passing away and which we regard today, and our children particularly regard, as it were across an unbridgeable gulf. What a loss. It's becoming quite a different world these days and it is very much our loss.
Posted 22 January 2004 - 01:21 PM
Posted 25 January 2004 - 12:29 AM
I was surprised, too. Does any one know made the decision to hire Robert Irving? Because if Balanchine didn't like him, he certainly worked with someone he didn't like for a long, long time.
What surprised me was that, according to Hugo, Balanchine didn't like Robert Irving.
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