A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
With an orchestra you are building citizens, better citizens for the community.
To me, the piano in itself is an orchestra.
If I do not practice one day; I know it. If I do not practice the next, the orchestra knows it; if I do not practice the third day, the whole world knows it.
Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra, not choreography to the audience.
I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
You can't play a symphony alone, it takes an orchestra to play it.
Every orchestra I know, every opera house I know, is desperately looking around trying to find new talent, new composing talent, supporting young composers, supporting new ideas, supporting new ways of getting the message across.
Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.
The Chicago Symphony is considered the greatest orchestra in the world.
The symphony orchestra had played poorly, so the conductor was in a bad mood. That night he beat his wife--because the music hadn't been beautiful enough.
Sometimes there is a 36-piece orchestra going off in my stomach.
There was confusion since I stood here 35 years ago.
The first nine albums there was never a Synthesiser, never any Orchestra. There was never any other player except us on the albums.
During the rests - pray.
It has no rhythm, but it will because it's so much faster.
This is one bar you should take home.
Write it down in your own handwriting.
More basses, because you are so far away.
I need one more bass less.
Long note? Yes. Make it seem short.
Brass, stay down all summer.
Without him here, it is impossible to know how fast he will play it, approximately.
With us tonight is William Warfield, who is with us tonight. He is a wonderful man, and so is his wife.
When I want 30 musicians in the orchestra, I get 30.
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