April 1, 2014: Paradox
From the Conductor's diary:
Paradoxically, early rehearsals are exhausting, but at the same time invigorating! The Frank Martin Mass and commissioned work by Zachary Wadsworth are very challenging intervalically, harmonically, and rhythmically. It's just hard work getting the notes and rhythm right! The good news is that we can get on the other side of that learning curve so much more quickly with home preparation. This allows us to spend as much time as possible doing interpretive things, which is when we get off the page and start making music!
I'm sometimes surprised how often performances give the feeling that the performing ensemble was just relieved to have sung or played the right notes. A good performance invites the listener to forget precision issues and enter into the artistic experience. So the sooner we really learn the music, the better. Remember -- you're not doing this for ME, but for your colleagues and for the listeners. The more time we spend interpreting and feeling this music together, the better the performance experience will be for everyone. Keep it up, and thank your seat neighbors Tuesday for coming through for you (and be sure you come through for them).