I was talking to a colleague in the orchestra tonight and she was saying she wished we’d just hire Paul Polivnick as our permanent conductor. I know what she means. He’s clear. He knows what he wants and seems to know how to go about getting it (I hope he feels as if he’s getting it, anyway!). He is good with time (both rehearsal time and “time-time” if you know what I mean). I think we perform well under his leadership. I don’t know, though, what a lot of others think. I haven’t spoken to many about him, although the ones I am near all like him on the podium.

I’m often amazed to hear different musicians talk about the same conductor. You’d think we were on different planets. It seems as if we were certainly at different rehearsals and performances. It often has something to do with our instrument, but not always. I doubt very much an entire orchestra would ever agree on one candidate.

In our case, though, there doesn’t seem to be any candidates. We hire guest conductors for everything. It does keep things “interesting”, that’s for sure. (And no, I won’t tell you which conductors I thought were horrible, although I feel quite free to rave about the ones I like!)

I think a permanent conductor would give us an identity that would be beneficial. It would add consistency as well. It would also, of course, be costly. So that is a problem. Maybe that is the problem.

Anyway, the Amram is great fun to play and I thought tonight’s run through of it went well, aside from one very stupid English horn player who bungled up two measures. (She promises to do better tomorrow!)

27. October 2005 · Comments Off on In Case You Were Wondering … · Categories: imported, Ramble

Those bad voices … the doubtland voices … have left. My moment of self indulgence and whining and doubt is over.

This is the way I work. And I know some of you were concerned. Please don’t be! I only dwell in negativity for about 24 hours. Then I’m back to my “normal” (hah!) cheery self.

Or is that “abnormally twisted self”.

You choose.

27. October 2005 · Comments Off on Music Quote · Categories: imported, Quotes

The wrong note note played with the right intention is much to be preferred to the right note played with no soul.

-Janine Jansen

(I just saw this quote on an iTunes email I received.)