Ask Randall

The next installment in our bi-weekly segment entitled Ask Randall, in which Maestro Stewart answers questions from members of the DC Concert Orchestra Society. If you’d like to submit a question, please select “Contact” above and entitle your message “Ask Randall.”

August 2, 2020
When I’m at a concert by a professional orchestra, or watch a video on YouTube, sometimes I’ll watch the conductor and not be sure I would be able to follow their beat pattern. Do the pro orchestras just not need a clear beat pattern? How does everyone count rests? Or do they just know the piece so well that they aren’t even counting?

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