Midweek Madness: The ultimate in carefree conducting
If Oliver Hardy had been a conductor, I imagine he would have been just like Joseph R. Olefirowicz, who is as cool and funny and expressive as can be in this clip from the Volksoper in Vienna.
One look, and I knew I had to share it on your favorite Wednesday online featurette in the entire cyber-cosmos, Midweek Madness. You will thank me. Profusely. (As I thank my Florida buddies for alerting me to it.)
This was filmed just last week during a concert version of ...
Bernstein's "Candide" -- specifically the number "What's the Use?" It's not super audio, but you'll hear enough to see that this Massachusetts-born conductor could not be more comfortable with the music or himself.
I sure hope more clips of the "Candide" performance emerge. I keep imagining how terrifically this guy could give cues during "Glitter and be Gay." ( I did find a clip filmed at a rehearsal for a different "Candide" a year or two earlier, and I figured it would be fun to have here, too.)