I can hardly believe it... I conducted in Carnegie Hall! Let me backtrack. Way back in June I heard Francisco Nunez talk about his Transient Glory workshop. It sounded so exciting I wanted to apply. Months later I did and was accepted. I was to be one of eight young-ish conductors selected to conduct as part of this three-day long workshop. After our second Simon Boccanegra performance, I flew overnight to NYC.
What a whirlwind of a time. It's hard to even remember details, much less recount them. I was so happy to have family and friends supporting me through the concerts. It was a lot of information handed out by different people in such a short amount of time. Hopefully I have absorbed some of these good lessons for the future. If nothing else, I was very proud to be part of the whole symposium as well as proud to lead the Young People's Chorus of New York City in a rendition of David del Tredici's Four Heartfelt Anthems. I learned the importance of pleasing a composer, of being flexible and adaptable, and the crazy life of a traveling musician. I'll need to work especially on that one. Too many redeyes hurt, but somehow others are able to manage. I met many great musicians, people, colleagues. I hope we are able to stay in touch. I know the music world is small enough I'll run into some of them again. And then I flew back for our matinee third performance of Boccanegra. What a quick trip!
We've also managed to hold Chorus auditions at LAO. I love hearing the diversity of voices singing a wide variety of arias. It is intriguing to hear what cycles through as the popular arias of the season though. It is always a surprise. Fortunately most everything has run without a hitch, though illness has taken down a few singers and put them into the makeup auditions.
Anyway, it has been great to conduct a group in public again. It has been educational to hear so many singers in short succession. Who knows what will happen next?