SSV doesn’t have a resident conductor. We bring in different conductors and sometimes they return, sometimes not. But SSV’s identity isn’t “Maestro X and the SSV”. I go back and forth on whether I like it or not. (It usually depends on what I think about th ecurrent conductor on the podium when we have a set. And don’t ask me who I like and who I don’t like because I’m not gonna say!) I think it’s helpful to have a face to identify with an orchestra, and I think if we do have a face it should be the conductor. And I think that some conductors are charismatic and carry it off very well, while others don’t have that particular talent even while they can be great on the podium. Audiences seem to like that charisma kind of thing, you know? So do orchestra members when we like the conductor. 😉

I just read this:

Perhaps you’ve seen Maestro Fouad Fakhouri’s likeness on billboards, in brochures and as a life-sized cutout.

But a Fouad Fakhouri bobblehead?

Yep. The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra is selling limited-edition collectible bobbleheads of their music director for $20 a pop. Only 200 were made.

So SSV can’t do this bobblehead thing. Rats. I really like the idea of a conductor bobblehead. I don’t think it works as well to have an orchestra player bobblehead (although it would be funny to own one of myself just for laughs). I read about an orchestra doing trading cards too. That would be a kick.

An orchestra is so much like baseball, you know? Just with better averages and lower salaries. 😉

I read about it here.


  1. Hi Patty!

    I would love to be added to your blog list! Thanks so much for your cheers and well wishes. It was a wonderful experience… I am still coming down from all the emotion of the day. And I certainly don’t mind people leaving comments on my blog. Comment away! 🙂

    Great to hear from you!

  2. Hi there! I’m so glad you contacted me back so quickly. You’ve been added … and I think I’ll be blogging soon about the bloglist, reminding people that these are blogs I truly enjoy.

    By the way, I have the Opera News magazine with you on it! Very fun to find out I’ve not “met” you. 🙂

    Opera is my first love. Right now I’m playing principal oboe in Opera San José’s Eugene Onegin. (I’m guessing you are way beyond our kind of company, but I do love playing in this group!)

  3. I want to second the bobblehead idea! We had a brief conversation about this on my blog, but with choreographers, and how the world of dance could use a little bit of self deprecating humor instead of taking ourselves so seriously. I would love to start a collection, lol.

    Wouldn’t MTT make a cute bobblehead? With little glasses? Love it –

  4. I think MTT could use “bobblefeet” actually; have you ever watched his dancing on the podium?

    What are those toys we used to have where you’d press the bottom piece and it would move the parts of the body … oh shoot! I don’t know what they are called. (And you are probably too young to remember them.) Hmm. Oh well. That’s what we need for MTT, anyway! 😉

    Maybe they still make ’em … ??