Behind the scenes

 
Behind the Curtain Mademoiselle La Cachucha

It all started with Hector Berlioz and his Evenings with the Orchestra! A group of bored musicians are stuck in a small town playing overrated operas. With nothing else to do, they tell tales, read stories and exchange gossip about [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 29th, 2017
 
Behind the Curtain Big Luciano

It all started with Hector Berlioz and his Evenings with the Orchestra! A group of bored musicians is stuck in a small town playing overrated operas. With nothing else to do, they tell tales, read stories and exchange gossip about [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 7th, 2017
 
Behind the Curtain Driving under the influence of Mahler

It all started with Hector Berlioz and his Evenings with the Orchestra! A group of bored musicians are stuck in a small town playing overrated operas. With nothing else to do, they tell tales, read stories and exchange gossip about [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 17th, 2016
 
Behind the Curtain Tea for Two, and Two for Tea?

It all started with Hector Berlioz and his Evenings with the Orchestra! A group of bored musicians is stuck in a small town playing overrated operas. With nothing else to do, they tell tales, read stories and exchange gossip about [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 26th, 2016
 
Behind the Curtain Brawling Chicks

It all started with Hector Berlioz and his Evenings with the Orchestra! A group of bored musicians is stuck in a small town playing overrated operas. With nothing else to do, they tell tales, read stories and exchange gossip about [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 9th, 2016
 
Misplaced Musicians Part 2 – When an Opera Pit Musician Plays Onstage

Opera and ballet pit musicians are accustomed to being heard and not seen. They are nestled in the sometimes cramped space in front of and below the stage and produce the glorious sounds, which waft upwards and accompany the drama. [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | September 25th, 2016
 
Misplaced Musicians Part 1- When Orchestral Musicians play OFFstage

Orchestral musicians groom themselves to be heard and seen but sometimes composers ask musicians to perform from offstage. These composers want the effect of distance or an antiphonal effect in the music. Occasionally the backstage music might come from a [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | September 4th, 2016
 
Competitions From the Inside Judging and Participating in the Irving Klein International String Competition

Competitions, a fact of life for musicians, can be the bane of our existence. They are demanding and arduous, taking months, or years, of disciplined preparation and nerves of steel. I was invited to serve on the jury of this [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | July 23rd, 2016