Welcome to the personal website of conductor Levi Hammer, a musician of remarkable range and versatility who is invigorating the world of classical music today. Here you can follow Levi's diverse activities, learn about his life, read the latest written by and about him, and stay in touch with him through the web!
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Enjoying the holidays reading Hesse's Siddhartha and Schnitzler's Dream Story and Night Games. December 29, 2014
Two piano concertos - Bach and Ravel - in one day. This is a first for me! November 16, 2014
Prokofiev 5: like Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev is always a ballet composer, never more so than in this symphony...and no one wrote better tunes than those two! Oh, and Josh Bell isn't bad either! November 8, 2014
Working on Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel. Music sometimes so perfectly captures a time and a place, in this case Baden Baden 1927. October 20, 2014
Always refreshing to return to Appalachian Spring. This time around the mixed meters feel as natural as a folk song. October 18, 2014
Brahms Hungarian Dances and Waltzes four-hands with Mark Gibson. I love the way conductor-pianists play: always with conviction and authority, and they make the best song accompanists! Gibson's quote of the week: "Besser Spaß zu haben als Kunst zu machen." ("Better to have fun than to make art.") September 16, 2014
Ives Variations on "America": the epitome of delightful quirkiness. September 8, 2014
Debussy Petit Suite for orchestra. Why isn't this piece programmed more often?! So colorful! And such lascivious inspiration in the Verlaine poems! August 23, 2014
Reading Messiaen's analysis of Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin. "...the palpable modesty with which Ravel allows a glimpse of a neutral seventh or ninth chord. He stays on the edge of the picture and dreams of the castle into which he dare not enter..." WOW! July 31, 2014
Haydn 88: both rustic and metropolitan, witty and serious, effortless yet complex, confounding yet reassuring. And the second movement is SUBLIME - no wonder Brahms wanted his 9th Symphony to sound like this! July 21, 2014
PRESS RELEASE: Levi Hammer has been promoted to the position of Associate Conductor of the Akron Symphony
"Levi Hammer led a stirring performance from memory. The ASO musicians gave Hammer a fraternal solo bow when he was called back to stage."
"Hammer was the superb soloist in Maurice Ravel's Concerto in G. Playing with authority and a crystalline touch, Hammer was rock-steady but full of excitement in both the opening and closing movements, then turned utterly calm for the wonderful Adagio."
"Though the baton is alluring, Hammer should keep a hand or two on the piano as his career advances. He’s good at it."
"We don't often have a chance to convey this, but I think the kids are very fortunate to have such an articulate, passionate, and accomplished conductor at the helm." -Sung Cha, parent of Akron Youth Symphony cellist Alex Cha