So far, the musicians and I have enjoyed preparing the Celebrating Shakespeare program for this Saturday’s concert. Though it is a piece I know well, I have waited a long time to finally have this opportunity to conduct the blazing hot masterpiece, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. On the other hand, it’s also been exciting to study William Walton’s film score to Henry V, a piece that was not familiar to me. Part of my preparatory “homework” included watching the film. After this, it was a treat to hear the rich live sound of the score in rehearsal (without the 1944 sound quality, but with the 1944 warmth of course!).
Tomorrow night we will work with our readers, Tom Rooney and Sarah Farb.