Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony perform Mahler 2
This video was a long time in production--we recorded our individual videos in mid-May--but I think it is worth the wait! The musicians of the San Antonio Symphony along with members of the San Antonio Mastersingers and friends perform the end of Mahler 2. Singers are J'Nai Bridges and Deanna Breiwick; conductor is Sebastian Lang-Lessing. Friends and family members comprise a "live" audience at the conclusion.
(I am wearing black and white and standing in front of an antique clock)
Oh wow. Fantastic!!
Awesome! What exactly is the role of the conductor in such a production?
I've done one of these things earlier this spring. One problem is that even with the click track, you don't always get a ton of guidance about when to come in and how to play when you do. Remember, you're alone with a sheet of music. Your notes might be cleaner than when you are in the orchestra, but you have no idea what the person next to you is doing. No big deal if it is strongly rhythmic music in one style, but difficult when you have a lot of transitions such as in the Mahler.
The one I did (with an unauditioned orchestra) was a movement from Swan Lake. Not a big deal, keeping up with dancers. Even there, though, we had the option of hearing the conductor along with the click/beat, who was reading off bar numbers and warning people of entrances. It took a lot of concentration-- I think I would have played better in spots if I didn't have to be alone. For much of it, of course, I was able to gauge tone color and intonation much more precisely than usual.
Jean, I am pretty sure that the click track was generated with the conductor's input. And we all had the conductor video available before recording. When I recorded my part, I had a second music stand behind the stand with the music (not visible in the frame) on which I had my ipad with the conductor video, and the click track going in my ear buds. Obviously the click track alone would have sufficed but it was helpful to glance up at transitions to make sure I was in the right place (rehearsal numbers also appeared in the corner of the conductor video).
These keep getting more and more impressive!
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Thanks for sharing - this is wonderful
Mary Ellen says "I'm proud of the final product but there was not one minute of making my own video that was enjoyable". Aye, there's the rub. An amazing technical feat but not a way forward
Superb! And the post-production is amazing.
Mary Ellen that was beautiful! I know it must have been a challenge to coordinate it, and maybe even bittersweet because you couldn't be together, but you all did a fantastic job!
Thank you. :-)
I'm reminded of the making of the Les Miserables "symphonic" cast recording, which apparently involved recording everyone in isolation booths, on a single-performer basis, spread out over the course of months. That was all the way back in 1988, and must have been zero fun.
Wow!Beautiful performance! That was quite an undertaking to put this together, but the results are spectacular!! Congratulations Mary Ellen! Thank you so much for sharing this!!
Thanks Mary Ellen! Bruce
This is gorgeous! Thank you for posting it, Mary Ellen. I've watched it twice now and it gave me goosebumps both times.
You’re all very welcome!
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The two soloists were fantastic.
Wow! This is very impresive! I'm sure a lot of work put into making this.
I sent the link to a number of my now ex-colleagues at Baylor. This is from Dr. Gary Mortenson, Dean of the School of Music:
Thank you so much, Bruce!
A COVID-appropriate choice of music.
Wonderful, thank you!
Everything through January 31 is canceled. We hope to be presenting concerts from February on.
The Boston Symphony cancelled the whole 20/21 season. If they can open up for individual concerts in 2021, they will consider it. But subscriptions have all been cancelled.