We chat with frequent podcast co-host John Grillo about a new project called Orchestra Confidential.
This is a “best of” episode from three classic Contrabass Conversations episodes. Back in the early days of the podcast, John Grillo and I recorded two episodes that dissected various excerpts. He and I talked through each excerpt and then played a recording of John performing it.
These have been extremely popular resources over the years, but they came out not he podcast ten years ago. With so many episodes of this podcast and so many new listeners to the show, bringing these classic offerings to light is important to me, so I’m planning on doing a few rebroadcasts of this cornerstone content every now and again.
Orchestra Excerpts Covered:
- Beethoven Symphony No. 9
- Beethoven Symphony No. 5
- Brahms Symphony No. 1 and 2
- Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
- Mozart Symphony No. 35 and 39
- Mahler Symphony No. 2
- Schubert Symphony No. 9
- Strauss Ein Heldenleben
- Britten Young Person’s Guide
- Verdi Otello
Opera Excerpts Covered:
- Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
- Die Walküre
- Peter Grimes
- Magic Flute
- Marriage of Figaro
- Hansel and Gretel
Really, I don’t know what else to say.
Thank you to each and every one of you who have taken your precious time these past ten years to listen to these episodes. You’ve written in. You’ve suggested guests. You’ve shared your passion and energy with me and with the wider community.
Thank you to the hundreds of guests who have lent their valuable time to this crazy project. Through the gift of your time, energy, and experience, you’ve helped thousands of people across the globe.
Thank you to John Grillo, who co-hosted this and so many other episodes with me. John, Win Hinkle, Jonathan Stefaniak, Kells Nollenberger, other folks have guest interviewed people for the podcast, for which I am so grateful.
Thank you to D’Addario Strings, Bass Capos, Discover Double Bass, Upton Bass, The String Emporium, Riccardi’s Violin Shop, Classic Contrabass, and Douglas Mapp Music for their support as sponsors over this past decade. I am grateful to each and every one of you for your support with keeping this juggernaut going.
And finally, thank you to Lloyd Goldstein, Mitch Moehring, Szymon Marciniak, Tracy Friedlander, Jay Stark, Adam Booker, and Justin Locke for calling in and contributing to this 10th anniversary episode!
Here’s to another 10 exciting years!
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I’m thrilled to bring you this episode featuring Joe Conyers. Joe is the assistant principal bass for the Philadelphia Orchestra and is the founder of Project 440, a nonprofit organization that brings music to young people in Philadelphia. We’re joined on this episode by John Grillo, my longtime podcast collaborator.
John and I talk with Joe about topics such as:
- growing up in Savannah
- studying with Hal Robinson at Curtis
- the audition circuit
- becoming comfortable with your own playing
- the mission of Project 440
- conducting Philadelphia’s All-City Orchestra