The LSU Symphonic Winds’ concert on Tuesday will open with a rehearsal, which may have audience members wondering if they’ve walked into the performance a little too early.
Director Dennis Llineas will explain during the program that he wants the audience to see what goes into a rehearsal. And he wants everyone to know why musicians sway when performing and why an audience is asked to hold its applause until the end of a selection.
He’ll answer all of these questions and more during this concert he’s calling, “Like a TED Talk,” which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the LSU Union Theater. The concert’s title references the global community TED, whose mission is to spread ideas in the form of short, powerful talks in all disciplines.
TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged and now covers almost all topics from science to global issues to business and art. Llineas adopted this format to educate the Symphonic Winds’ audience in a relaxed atmosphere.
“The talks will be scripted, but we’re going to be answering a lot of questions of why we do the things we do,” he says. “We’ll also use music as examples of the answers.
“We want to make it fun for the audience, but it’s going to be fun for us, too.”
The Symphonic Winds will perform William Bolcom’s “Concert Suite,” Peter van Zandt Lane’s “Hivemind,” and Charles Gounod’s “Petite Symphonie.” In between, Llineas will explain the difference between a wind ensemble and a chamber orchestra, demonstrate conducting techniques, talk about tough challenges and the visual communication between conductor and performers and point out some of the small things that go into a performance.
That’s when the audience members will realize that the small things add up.
“There are a lot of things that go into a concert,” Llineas says. “And though we’ll be prepared to play our best at this one, we’ll also be relaxed. The Symphonic Winds won’t be dressed in tuxedos and black dresses, and we’re asking the audience to dress casually, too, because it’ll be a fun night of music and learning.”