With Conductor Delayed, Austin Symphony Hornist Steps In

Classic Arts News   With Conductor Delayed, Austin Symphony Hornist Steps In
Austin Symphony principal horn player Tom Hale led the first half of the orchestra's concert on November 18 when music director Peter Bay failed to arrive, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

Hale conducted Grieg's Norwegian Dances and Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor with no rehearsal and only a few minutes notice. American-Statesman critic Michael Barnes heard "a few frayed transitions" in the Grieg, but the audience greeted the performance with sustained applause.

Bay arrived in time to lead the second half of the program, and later explained that he had had a bad reaction to an anti-inflammatory medication. "It's the most embarrassing thing in my entire conducting career," he said.

Hale said, "I don't know what what was going through my head. I just knew the orchestra could handle the music."

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