The Circus Comes to Town pt. 1
Just stand there and do nothing.
I was conducting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in a program entitled Cirque de la Symphonie. A touring group of circus performers have developed an impressive act which utilizes symphonic music while they perform in front of the orchestra. The acts feature jugglers, contortionists, aerialists, feats of eye-popping balance and strength, and a bit of magic. The music is chosen to roughly mirror the stylistic and emotional qualities of the acts themselves.
Later this month I conduct a program with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra which includes the Sibelius symphonic poem, Finlandia. As part of my preparation, I did a quick search of YouTube to see and hear some video clips of the piece being performed live. I was delighted when I found an old black and white clip with the New York Philharmonic led by Leonard Bernstein.