This is the editorial line from Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist, James Lileks. Here’s more:
I’ve been to a few orchestra concerts, and as far as I can tell there’s nothing to this conducting racket. You show up, raise your arms to start and then you play Air Orchestra for half an hour. You point at the brass when they’re supposed to come in, like that’s a big surprise to them. Thanks for the heads-up, chief. Only been practicing this one for six weeks.
You make these little shh-shh gestures when the oboe’s too loud, never thinking we might want to hear more oboe. You act like you’re in charge, but you don’t even have any paper in front of you. Then you turn around at the end and bow like you’re personally responsible.
It’s like a guy who stands in front of a newspaper box muttering for an hour, then expects us to think he wrote every work in the latest edition. C’mon.
Why, you wonder, does anyone publish such piffle? Is it mean to amuse? If so, it fails. Provoke? Sigh, sigh, sigh for Minnesota.
The column would hardly be worth drawing to your attention were it not for striking similarities with a Daily Telegraph headline earlier this week:
US orchestras are greedy and overpaid
making you think there is something in the zeitgeist. The Telegraph article, by the way, drew a series of bizarre and misplaced comparisons – apples compared with eggcups. We live in interesting times.