Wikipedia defines conductorless as “a unique style of collaborative leadership in which the musicians interpret the music, not the conductor.” Performing conductorless requires collaboration, mutual respect, and “radical trust.” It empowers the individual musicians in a way that translates into an exciting experience for the audience.
Removing the “wall” between orchestra and audience exposes an intimate conversation among the musicians and invites the audience into conversation with the chamber orchestra. Few orchestras of ROCO’s size attempt to perform conductorless, especially on pieces as challenging as Beethoven’s well-loved Fifth Symphony or Haydn’s Surprise Symphony.
Sharing leadership among ROCO’s 40 musicians showcases the high level of artistry and strong spirit of “musical joie de vivre” that is ROCO’s signature. The result a fantastic audience experience that author/journalist, John DeMers calls, “the most fun you can have with serious music.”
Please join us for our annual Conductorless! Valentine’s Concert on Feb 12 and 13, 2011.