Strange Conducting Stories

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    kreig-kitts on #148530

    This thread reminds me of one of my favorite Frasier episodes.

    Mel Sandberg on #148531

    Thank you very much Kreig – you just made my year.

    sherry-lenox on #148532

    I can’t imagine how I missed this- I thought I had watched every Frasier twice.
    Who’s the harpist?

    shelby-m on #148533

    Well, mine isn’t nearly as funny as everybody else’s, but when I used to play (flute) in the community orchestra, the conductor would stop us every 20 bars or so and tell us how to play it better. I think we only managed to play the pieces all the way through in one go at the dress rehearsal!

    rosalind-beck on #148534

    I might be mistaken, but she appears to be an actress playing the role of a harpist.

    harp guy on #148535

    Here’s one from a friend of mine (oboist). A conductor was doing a choir and orchestra piece. While rehearsing the choir specifically she stood in the middle (between the choir and orchestra). The concertmaster gave the downbeat so everyone could play.

    It’s a standard orchestra, right? (yes).

    She kept asking (in her particularly snooty british accent) for ‘More Saxophone!’

    Sylvia Clark on #148536

    Re: Kreig’ post.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #148537

    I’m pretty sure Frasier used an actual harpist who actually played, if it’s the scene in his apartment, with the harp by the grand piano.

    Julietta Anne Rabens on #148538

    That Frasier clip is hilarious.

    My favorite quote from a rehearsal,
    “The singers might use a different tempo, but we’ll try to meet at the end.”

    rosalind-beck on #148539

    Looks like it’s supposed to be a recording studio.

    kreig-kitts on #148540

    Yes, it’s an episode where the station personalities have to come up with jingles for their shows, and of course Frasier goes overboard, composes a huge piece, then hires a chorus and orchestra for it and unleashes his inner Toscanini.

    adam-b-harris on #148541

    Not exactly a strange conducting story but worth a look if you haven’t already seen it…..



    Philippa mcauliffe on #148542


    jessica-wolff on #148543

    Love that kid!!

    kay-lister on #148544

    LOVE IT!

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