Is it unusual, unheard of, or otherwise for the conductor/MD to perform (as in solo) on a concert. How does the band view this? Is this a positive image for the audience to see the conductor playing? How often does it happen? Many thanks.
Personally I don't like seeing a MD perform. When I have seen a MD play, I always get the feeling that he is trying to show how much better than the band he is. I could be wrong, but that's the feeling that I get.
The band plays, the MD conducts and sometimes comperes. End of story for me.
Di B said:IOf course, it goes without saying really, that a good conductor isn't necessarily a good player and vice versa, so maybe the conductors who play solo's on a regular basis are trying to hide their conducting skills?! :lol: