The word “orchestra” comes from ancient Greece and originally meant the place where the chorus sang, danced, and played their instruments. The term slowly evolved to mean the players themselves.
The term classical music became a commonplace. It is often used to differentiate the many genres we assume as ‘folk’ from the music we associate with concert halls and opera houses, made with instruments developed over centuries by performers elegantly dressed, the making of it surrounded by a silent audience.
Today I want to answer one of the most common questions from our audience: Why conductors need a stick?
Today I want to answer a question that haunts almost everyone in a concert hall in the world: When do you clap?
Today I want to answer the question that perhaps I get the most when I’m talking about classical music with our audiences: How long does it take to prepare before a concert?