This week's show features Russian music from at time when most Russian composers happened to live in the US. (Strange, but true.)
Arguments could be made that he was brought in as a stunt double for Gustavo Dudamel. Fortunately, this 21 year old conductor has a wealth of talent all his own.
He's going to be big. At the relatively tender age of 20, Alexander Gavrylyuk has a global career. We knew him when... know him now.
For some, this is a guilty pleasure like few others: John Williams conducting his own works. Time to make some popcorn!