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But when the San Francisco native entered the lobby, he was sure he was in the wrong place. Francesconi has since become intimately familiar with nearly every nook and cranny of Carnegie Hall.
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But the position is one that he never would have envisioned for himself when he came to New York with dreams of performing on the stage. After enrolling in a Juilliard class taught by conductor Vincent La Selva, Francesconi applied for a job as an usher at the hall.
He was hired and soon became the backstage artist attendant, a position he describes as aggrandized gofer. Francesconi worked backstage for nine seasons while continuing his studies as a conductor. Then a post-concert conversation with conductor Gno Muti led Francesconi to pursue his conducting studies full time.
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So he returned to New York. He realized there were fewer of them than there used to be, and he told her she should lock the books up, because people were taking them.
And here I am. I do that with conducting. One of the many new elements in the exhibit is a set of two LED screens playing video clips of performances at the hall that were painstakingly selected by Francesconi.
Maestro of Memories
Francesconi is hard-pressed to pick a favorite item in the museum. Which ones would they be?
Francesconi still occasionally discovers unexpected treasures in his mailbox. Kristine Jannuzzi is a writer at New York University. Have something to say? Send a letter to editor utne.
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