How do you put an orchestra and a full concert together in only two rehearsals? We talk about that and more this week with Adam Torres and Noelle Bauman. When Adam approached me about a concert for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I knew I couldn’t say no. Just last week that concert happened with three conductors and a fantastic orchestra of local professionals and students. Today, we discuss recruiting an orchestra, preparing a full concert in two rehearsals, and counting bars of rest.
Show notes for Episode 7
This week we discuss:
- Adam A. Torres
- Zion Lutheran Church
- Background of concert
- “Opportunity meets need”
- Recruiting a full orchestra
- “You cannot overstate the importance of building relationships, both within the music community and outside.”
- “I think when you maintain those good relationships, then you really have that opportunity when you want to create something out of nothing. People are willing to take a leap of faith with you.”
- Putting a concert together in two rehearsals
- Balance larger works with smaller
- Rehearsal schedule
- Technique at the ready
- Planning casual concert
- “The idea of a 30 minute symphony is a bit daunting to them.”
- Establishing trust
- Pass the Baton
- “Stick Shtick”
- Bard Conductors Institute
- “You have a concept for a concert. Now how can you, within the concert, do things that are unique to that concert experience?”
- A couple of stories about the difficulty of counting rests
- Hyperprism: a future advocacy group for young musicians?
- Final advice
- Look for opportunities that serve a need
- Don’t be afraid to partner
- or ask for help
- Be extremely grateful
- “They will look closer to find the sincerity in your art if you have established that gratitude beforehand.
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