Fascinating piece from Minneapolis on the concert commentators who mingle with audiences to judge the mood in the house, and who observe the conductor’s mannerisms to see what he makes of the show.
Newhouse drives to Orchestra Hall early, so he can wander the lobby and ask patrons, “What brought you here tonight?” He checks the hall, making note of the attendance, what people are wearing, whether there are flowers on the podium.
“What’s the weather like outside? Is there a full orchestra, a chamber ensemble? Were there buses bringing people in?” he said, ticking off his process. “I can often tell if Osmo is happy, in how he slaps the score shut at the end of a piece.
“I try to take all of that and make it into a narrative.”
Not what you get at the BBC.