many musicians, Wild Ginger's co-founder, David Goodman, began a career
in music because of the joy and communal experience he found in performing
music. Dave began his studies as a rock and roll drummer. At the age
of fourteen, he had his first experience performing in an orchestra
during a summer festival in Vermont. At this festival, he discovered
the power of large ensemble music to generate strong, loving bonds between
performers. This feeling of community, as well as music's overwhelming
emotional power inspired Dave to pursue a full time career as a musician.
Dave began studying music privately at the age
of eleven. He was admitted to the Juilliard School's Pre-College division
at age fifteen, studying percussion, piano, counterpoint, composition,
and conducting. Besides being a place of diverse musical study,
Juilliard was Dave's first introduction to the "real world" and to "professional
musical life." After encountering cynicism and apathy from free
lancers, teachers, and students, Dave tried to resolve the discrepancy
between his love for music and the prospects of a career in music.
This struggle persisted through Dave's first
year at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. By the
end of his first year in college, he saw there was no current venue
for realizing his ideal of musical community. He would have to
create his own. On November 5, 1995, the Wild Ginger Philharmonic gave
its debut concert at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion in Philadelphia.
There were roughly twenty people in the audience.
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