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Orchestra Blues

Posted by Irish Violin on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm part of a youth orchestra that travels worldwide and audiences that listen to us absolutely love us. Mainly we play classical music and I don't mind that at all and sometimes on the odd occasion we play some folk. What I really don't like is the fact that our conductor doesn't let us play any film scores or any really good crowd pleasers except for Strauss' "Radetzky March". I love film music and I think that this music would separate us from other orchestras. I probably should say why we don't play any film music...Our conductor doesn't want us to sound like an incompetent  school orchestra!!! Luckily our next tour is to Europe and we'll be playing Australian music. Yay!!!

3 comments on “Orchestra Blues”

Cyndy Says:
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @8:55:22 PM

My son's high school chamber orchestra played the music from Psycho a few years ago and it was pretty powerful--for the musicians and for the audience. Here's hoping you get to play some movie scores one of these days! The tour sounds like a great experience. Keep us posted on it. Cynthia

mudbug Says:
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @2:51:17 AM

Hey, Renee! Congrats on your tour. You could always get together with your friends for hotel room jams on film scores. They might even let you practice in the dining room during off hours.

bj Says:
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @7:48:14 AM

I think mudbug is on to something. If the orchestra (or most of it) learns one of these pieces on their own (and "Psycho" would be a GREAT choice!) and THEN presents it as a done deal to the conductor, maybe, just MAYBE he'll relent. He'll have to respect your initiative, at the least.

Have a great time on your tour! How exciting! Your orchestra must be pretty good to get to tour like that. I hope y'all are buying carbon offsets . . .

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