The following is a little bit of snark that ends with a genuine complaint.
I am so glad that Conductorless! is both italicized and punctuated exclamitorily. I am also glad they avoided danger!
It was natural that an orchestra founded by musicians for musicians would get around to trying to fly on its own.
Most orchestras are founded by and/or for…not musicians?
In Conductorless!, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra made its first foray into the rarefied realm of performing an entire program without a conductor. Saturday's performance at
Throughout much of the millennium-old history of classical music, pieces involving more than a handful of musicians ended up needing some kind of leader, even if it was as simple as the head of a choir tapping a finger to keep the group together when chanting a psalm. We still encounter that kind of work in, say, a concerto performance directed by the soloist.
The arm-waving, pelvis-thrusting, leaping man we now think necessary on the podium was a latecomer, arriving less than 160 years ago. Certainly a lot of core orchestra repertoire now needs somebody to sort the music out and impose a unified idea.
ROCO got around that by choosing music — and a style of interpretation — that never put the group in real danger.
Danger of…? Thrusting? Not being macho? What's the subtext here?
It opened with a piece of chamber music for eight woodwinds: Decet by Rumanian George Enescu.
Um. It, uh. Decet. For eight woodwinds. Eight? Octet? What?
Decet is for ten. Quartet = four. Quintet = five. And so forth. Up to ten. Which is a decet. For ten woodwinds. You can look it up. I would even venture to say you should have looked it up.
But you did not.