Quote of the day- Orchestra collaborations

It’s not unusual for two orchestras to appear together, especially when one is a youth orchestra playing alongside an adult ensemble. I’ve also seen multiple college orchestras band together to tackle big works like Rite of Spring or the Mahler symphonies. These projects are NOT easy to pull off (and nearly impossible when more than one conductor is involved)

One close colleague of mine is in the midst of just such a project- a side by side with a YO and a SO (the two organizations actually have similar budgets). As sometimes happens, the partnership is highlighting the relative strengths of the two organizations in ways that should give one group pause….

 I offer this quote both for it’s intrinsic humor and as a thought to ponder for an organization tempted to go down the path of the second orchestra in this scenario…

can i just say for the reord to blow off steam- that the _SO folks are some of the classiest poeple i know and the _YO poeple- i will NEVER stick my neck out for them AGAIN!!!!!!! they have stuck the _SO with every bill, every job, every thing….such an utter lack of class I have NEVER wittnessed in my life…i am beyond horrified at this point- just numb………………………………….but i mean, really- at a certain point what does one say???? if you are raised in a barn i guess you just do act like an animal….

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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2 comments on “Quote of the day- Orchestra collaborations”

  1. ComposerBastard

    As much as you want to turn your head away from that car accident on Rt 5., curiosity rules the day!

    Conductor bezerks with hatchet! Film at 11!


  2. Kenneth Woods

    Hi CB-

    I don’t think the conductor is really the problem, but the victim. I know from my own experience that conductors are often asked to help their orchestras- we might get a friend to solo for less than their usual fee, or get a famous teacher to guest conductor or get a former employer to let you use their hall. When you do this and then the board of the orchestra you’ve done it for behave like football hooligans……

    Well, then you get a little frustrated!


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