Bruce Owen is an extraordinary person who, with a team of dedicated supporters, presents a wonderful series of classical concerts in Barrie, Ontario, about an hour drive north of Toronto. Pax Christi, my 100-voice oratorio choir, with our amazing soloists and orchestra, performed our Salieri and Mozart programme there to an appreciative full house, after being fed a roast beef dinner. Does it get any better?
My question on this blog is to singers, orchestra players and audience. I found last night on arriving at the venue that we didn’t have a lot of extra room, and the soloists ended up right in front of me. I decided not to use my stick since there really was no room to wave it. There’s a romance about the stick, or the conducting baton. It gives conductors something to carry like their friends in the orchestra, or perhaps it represents some kind of control, or maybe it’s just more clear than using bare hands, but does it enhance the performance?
My question for the performers is – what do you prefer? You can compare last night’s experience with this afternoon when we sing the piece again in Toronto.
Please leave your comments!