How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?
Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a carefully selected number of piccolos.
Theatres, along with the likes of the Ulster Orchestra, for example, are the cultural heartbeats of our towns and cities, and without them, we are much poorer for it.
Sometimes there is a 36-piece orchestra going off in my stomach.
One time I introduced my orchestra as the Shampoo Music Makers instead of the Champagne Music Makers.
Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra - not choreography to the audience.
The director is a bit analogous to the conductor of a symphony orchestra. It's a collaborative adventure.
I'm very proud of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing.