Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Podcast: In the Key of â€œDâ€anzmayr â€“ Concertmaster Part 1
Youâ€™re attending a concert,the orchestra is in place, except for one empty chair. Then you hear footsteps, out strides a lone violinist who bows, turns to the audience, and give the oboist the cue to play an â€˜A.â€™ Soon, the entire orchestra is awash in last-minute tuning before the performance begins.
This identical scene plays out day after day with orchestras the world over. The concertmaster is the last musician onstage before the conductor – and any soloist in, say, a concerto.
What does the Concertmaster do? Is that it? No. There is much more you never see. Conductor Leonard Slatkin had this to say about the Concertmaster:
“The concertmaster has to establish with the music director a consistent method of bowing, phrasing and overall sound, which in turn is conveyed to the string section, who make up the majority of the players in an orchestra.â€
I asked ProMusica Music Director David Danzmayr about the role of the Concertmaster. Over the next few podcasts, he looks at this very important position.