Mark Bowden is an author, journalist, screenwriter, and teacher. His book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, (The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1999) is an international bestseller, which spent more than a year on The New York Times bestseller list (a month at number one), and was a finalist for the National Book Award. A story of the bloody 1993 battle American soldiers fought in Mogadishu, Somalia, it inspired the acclaimed feature film by director Ridley Scott.
Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world. With London’s famed Philharmonia Orchestra, he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies for Telarc, recordings which have been received with extraordinary critical acclaim and several awards.