More often than not, I tell the musicians that play in my orchestra that one always needs to think like a chamber musician when playing symphonic music. Oddly enough, playing the piano with colleagues in a
small setting is one of the most enjoyable forms of music making, in which I participate. When I am in front of a large ensemble, I describe it as driving a large boat. When playing with a small group
of musicians, it is like driving a high performance sports car. One's senses and reaction times have to be so "in-tune" that all of the musicians in the group can almost sense what is going to happen before
it even starts to happen!
MAY 26, 2012
P.C. HO THEATRE
Rosenkavalier is a quintessential piece of music, which in many musicians' eyes is the pinnacle of music making.
Norman Reintamm (Conductor of the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra in Toronto), together with Helga Tucker (a leading singing teacher in Toronto) mused about the possibility of doing a concert performance of this work a couple of years ago. Norman and Helga (working very closely within the context of an informal "opera studio" under the auspices of the C.B.S.O.) realized that they had all of the elements in place to put Rosenkavalier on stage.