IamAn orchestra conductor - I wave my arms for a living (or did, during non-COVID times)! AMA!
Last summer I was traveling throughout Europe and the US concertizing with various orchestras, ballet and opera companies, festivals and choruses. This summer, like most musicians, I'm home connecting to musicians and patrons virtually. Ask me anything about the arts, conducting, and how the arts are being affected by COVID! What is conducting anyway? If the musicians have the music in front of them, what does the conductor do? Is a baton necessary? Are tails necessary??
And one way COVID has transformed the industry is that it's allowed for patrons to have much more direct access to artists. Here are two random small online projects I'm involved with, connecting artists directly with patrons over zoom.
Musical Notes - Ever wonder how musicians decide how to interpret a musical work? Join in for a deeper look into the clues in a musical work that help performers decide how to approach a composition. Much more than just historical background, we take a closer look into what makes a work great, what is at the heart of each composition. Free - register here!
Ballet and Bubbly - ever want to sit down with some of the top artists in ballet? What really makes ballet great? Join in with San Francisco Ballet Principal Sasha chatting with some of the top choreographers and musicians in ballet about the connection between movement and music. Christopher Wheeldon, Dwight Rhoden, Oliver Davis and more!
EDIT: Even though this IAMA was started in the morning - I'm happy to answer questions as I receive them!