Pre-Concert Rituals: Brant Bayless

Professional musicians often spend much of their lives on the road performing in concert venues around the globe. Amid the hectic travel schedules, rehearsals, practice time and adjustments to a different time zone, culture and climate, regular routine is sacrificed. We asked two of our principal musicians who have prominent solo roles to share what pre-concert rituals help keep them grounded.

Spoiler alert: I don’t have a pre-concert routine. I mostly have pre-concert chaos, depending on the daily specifics of family life and the whereabouts of my wife, whose time, really, I share with the members of her Fry Street String Quartet. Some evenings I’ll be driving in from our home in Logan, fighting traffic and weather. Some other evenings I’ll be cooking up a storm for our voracious five-year-old at our downtown pied-à-terre before letting in the sitter and dashing off to Abravanel (hoping the scent of sautéing garlic blows away on the short walk).

It’s when I arrive at Abravanel Hall that the only reliably routine rituals begin. The viola case goes to its place on my locker. Phone placed next to it. Then to the dressing room. Clean shirt, check. Favorite cuff links (a wedding gift from my wife), check. Tailcoat (fretting over the shiny patch where my viola rests), check. Shiny shoes, check. Pants? Phew, check. Then back to the viola case for a quick swipe of rosin, and down to the stage to calmly go over the tricky bits in tonight’s program.

I wouldn’t trade this life for anything.

Want to know more about the viola’s role in the orchestra? Watch Brant explain it in this video:

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Pre-Concert Rituals: Rainer Eudeikis

Professional musicians often spend much of their lives on the road performing in concert venues around the globe. Amid the hectic travel schedules, rehearsals, practice time and adjustments to a different time zone, culture and climate, regular routine is sacrificed. We asked two of our principal musicians who have prominent solo roles to share what pre-concert rituals help keep them grounded.

The majority of my performances are as a member of the Utah Symphony, and as a result preparation for those concerts is mixed in with other elements of my daily life. On an average performance day, I sleep in as late as possible (depending on whether or not I have a morning rehearsal, or how early the dogs wake us up…), and spend the remainder of the day practicing, teaching/coaching, walking the dogs, and maybe even allowing time for some video games before getting ready to leave for the concert. 

 

This weekend’s concerts, however, are something entirely different as I’ll be sitting in front of the orchestra as a soloist…On days when I have a solo performance, I try to thin out my schedule so I can really take my time to warm up slowly and find a good place mentally during my practice. It’s easy to over-play on the day of a concert, being convinced that just a few more attempts at a difficult passage will make all the difference in performance, but I try to take it easy and trust all the work and preparation that came in the months before. 

 

Thanks to pre-concert jitters, I typically lose my appetite and I’ll barely eat all day, but I’m usually ready to feast by the end of the concert! 

 

Want to know more about what a cello does in an orchestra? Listen to Rainer’s explanation in this video:

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2018-19 Films in Concert Series

What’s better than watching your favorite movie with your friends and family? Watching your favorite movie while its iconic soundtrack is played live by an orchestra! The 2018-19 Films in Concert series will take you on five musical adventures.

Who ya gonna call? The original Ghostbusters tells the story of a team of scientists who lose their cushy jobs at Columbia University and wage a high-tech battle against the supernatural. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension—a doorway that releases evil upon the city. They’re New York City’s only hope against complete destruction!

From the moment Harry uses The Marauder’s Map to when the Patronus charm bursts from his wand, you’ll be transported back into the world you love.

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by John Williams’ score performed live as Harry soars across the big screen.

Here’s looking at you, kid. Let Casablanca transport you to Morocco where Rick (Humphrey Bogart) struggles to do what is right for himself, and for his long-lost love, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman). Watch the drama unfold as we perform Max Steiner’s moving score live while the entire film plays on the big screen.

Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy as he joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookie, and two droids to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Empire and learn the ways of the Force. Don’t miss Star Wars: A New Hope in concert, where we’ll be performing John Williams’s Oscar-winning score live while the full-length film plays on the big screen.

Get ready to fight a dragon, swim with merpeople, and find out just who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire™! The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts™ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert with the Utah Symphony. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music as we perform Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score live to the full-length film.

Don’t miss a single moment of these incredible films! Learn more and subscribe to our Films in Concert series here.

 

Ghostbusters©1984 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. In association with 20th Century Fox, LucasFilm and Warner/Chappell Music. © 2018 & TM LucasFilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved © Disney.

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