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For Immediate Release April 1, 2016
Conversations with Oboist Bert Lucarelli
Celebrates American Classical Music
We Can't Always Play Waltzes

New York, NY — Carl Fischer Music releases memoires of leading oboe soloist Bert Lucarelli.

Presented as conversations between Bert Lucarelli and pianist/scholar Daniel Pereira, who earned his doctorate from the University of Maryland, We Can’t Always Play Waltzes offers a window into the music and philosophy of Mr. Lucarelli, a trailblazer in the woodwind world. An attribute of these conversations is that they offer meaning and value to both the casual music lover and the professional musician alike--a bridge not that easy to build. The relaxed and interpersonal tone of this memoir makes for easy reading; one can almost hear the voices of both participants even if one has never heard them speak. This very human and warm tone offers the reader a privileged look into Mr. Lucarelli’s very special world.

James Gandre, President of Manhattan School of Music, says, "We Can’t Always Play Waltzes is a pure delight! Bert Lucarelli’s reflections on life and performing, his honesty, candor, insights into life, music, and the stage, along with his self-deprecating humor, all wrap into one engaging read which pleases, fascinates, and amuses as well as makes one ponder life and its twists and turns."

Joseph W. Polisi, President of The Juilliard School notes, "This engaging and provocative memoir brings the reader to a new understanding of the life of a greatly accomplished musician, who also explores the larger social environment in which he functions. Bert Lucarelli has always been known as one of the world’s great oboists, but we now have the added pleasure through this very readable book to learn of his deep intellect and special humanity."

We Can’t Always Play Waltzes is available from Carl Fischer Music or your favorite retailer.

Bert Lucarelli, cited by The New York Times as "America's leading oboe recitalist," has appeared extensively as soloist with internationally known orchestras and chamber music groups in the United States and throughout the world. Mr. Lucarelli was the first American oboist to be invited to perform and teach at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. He records for Koch International, Vox, BMG Classics, MCA Classics, Well-Tempered, Stradivari, and Special Music. Among the many recordings to his credit is the Oboe Concerto written for him by John Corigliano. His latest recording featuring an All-Bach program was praised in The Gramophone magazine as a "memorable recital that boasts a deeply expressive soloist." Mr. Lucarelli is the recipient of a Solo Recitalist Fellowship, Consortium Commissioning, and Music Recording Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition Mr. Lucarelli is Professor of Oboe at NYU-Steinhardt, the Graduate Center of CUNY, Queens College, and Professor Emeritus at The Hartt School.

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