beethovenThe communication between the performers onstage includes the way the leaders of each section communicate with the players within their section.  Those section leaders communicate also with one another, and with the concertmaster and the conductor.  Unless we’re in rehearsal, this is all non-verbal communication: the way the section leader breathes, the placement of the concertmaster’s bow on the string, or a glance or specific gesture from the conductor.  Every little movement, glance or gesture means something.

As performers, we’re seeking to communicate the beautiful musical message of the composer.  Music notation is extremely precise, but it still has limitations.  One of our responsibilities as performers is to study the notes very carefully and try to find out what is behind the notes that makes the music so special.  I like to study about the composer’s life – sometimes what was happening in the composer’s personal life can have a profound impact on their work.  Moments of personal joy as well as sorrow oftentimes find their way into a composer’s work.  There’s so much to discover!

Naturally, as performers we’re also communicating with our audience as we strive to bring a vibrant performance to eager listeners in the concert hall.  That’s what makes a live performance so special – the connection between composer, performer and listener only happens when it’s LIVE!  We look forward to sharing great music by three of history’s greatest composers with you this weekend as we focus the spotlight on soloists within the orchestra with music by Copland, Mozart and Beethoven.  I hope you’ll join us for one of our performances this Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00pm or 8:00pm at the King Center!


Christopher Confessore
Music Director & Principal Conductor