WHAT’S IN THIS VIDEO: For me a great program has a thread or message, a story, something you take away. I try to create programs that have great variety but still have connections. Those connections might not at first be obvious. We have to balance what sells with what the idea is. One doesn’t want to be limited to 20-30 pieces. You try to outrun the fatigue factor of playing the same things over and over. I start by putting out all the major pieces, then see what the connective DNA is. I look to pair pieces, pieces that can interact with one another. Here’s how I put together the program we’ll play in Carnegie Hall for Spring For Music.