A fun bit of news coming out of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra today.
On September 26th, the TSO will host a “once-in-a-lifetime” event called Conduct Us. During the one-hour-and-forty-five minute event, members of the public will be invited to conduct the city’s orchestra through one of three scores.
Of course, no organization in their right mind would give an average Joe such overwhelming power without first assigning supervision, and that’s why Peter Oundjian, the TSO’s conductor and music director, will be there to ensure that none of the two minute sessions end in tears. So, no, you won’t be able to get the orchestra to play at breakneck speed.
If you have children this sounds like a fun way to keep them entertained for a few hours. And even if you don’t, who hasn’t at one point wanted to conduct an orchestra?
The event is part of Culture Days. Full details can be found on TSO’s website. Those interested in the opportunity are advised to come between 10 and 11 a.m to ensure that they’re entered into the draw. Aspiring conductors will be chosen by random draw the day of.