A master of blend – Bob Lauver

This week promises to be really fun musically.  I was lucky to have a
band director in high school whose philosophy concerning rehearsing was
"hard work is fun, and produces the most rewarding results".  That sums
up the first rehearsal this week on the Symphonic Dances and La Valse.

Maestro Dutoit is one of those conductors that gets a signature
sound from the orchestra right from the start…..I wish I could
explain how it happens, it’s a very distinctly different sound than any
other conductor gets.  I like it a lot.  It’s rich, blended, and at the
same time transparent.  He also does another thing that I like very
much, he rehearses the most basic things in the most basic way.  He
spent a few minutes going over a few chords, just breaking down the
chord into simple intervals and giving it a little time to become
perfectly in tune and then the balance seems to sparkle.  He rehearsed
a woodwind flourish that in context is within a very thickly textured
section of the piece.  They started the section sounding fantastic, and
he stopped and had them play the first chord (which goes by in about a
tenth of a second).  It was ever so slightly out of tune and when the
micro-adjustments were made, the whole segment of the piece
solidified.  It seems so simple, but makes a huge difference.  I hope
there’s a big turnout for the concerts this weekend.  It’s going to be

Another footnote…..the horn section is hosting another visiting
principal to help fill in before the auditions in mid-March to fill the
vacancy created by Martin’s passing.  Adam Unsworth.  He’s from
Philly….we’re fortunate to get such high quality talent to come help
us out.  He’s playing principal on the Symphonic Dances and La Valse.
Bill’s playing the Piano Concerto and the Pavane (I’m so excited to
hear the combination of Bill’s artistry on that piece combined with
Dutoit’s interpretation).

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