There are no how-to or step-by-step instructional checklists for preparing a conductor-less concert on Wikihow, eHow, Pinterest, or Wikipedia. But generally concertmasters who find themselves in the position of leading a concert without conductor have some kind of prior experience of leading from the concertmaster chair.
This experience generally comes from a variety of chamber music experiences or previous conductor-less concerts. So when planning an upcoming conductor-less concert for my orchestra in Chattanooga, it occurred to me that it might be interesting for non-musicians to know the extent of preparation that goes into a concert, especially a conductor-less concert!
I’ll be sharing a three part article series offering a behind the scenes view of the preparation that has gone on, and is still going on, for an upcoming Chattanooga Symphony chamber concert featuring Haydn’s Symphony #31.
The three parts will be broken down into:
- Orchestra librarians hold the key to everything!
- Talk to the experts, become enthused.
- Seeking Haydn, keeping score.
My goal is to offer this behind the scenes preparation as a new way to enhance a concert experience for concert-goers. Much like planning a dinner party, guests usually only experience the food and socializing. By understanding the process and planning, the ingredients and time, appreciation becomes a valuable element of joy.
Coming up in a few days: why should I talk to my librarian friends first when seeking a path towards a conductor-less concert?