The Berkeley Seniors’ Series: From Then to Now: A History of the Symphony Orchestra

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Gary Ewer, conductor
Symphony Nova Scotia

Let’s face it – the orchestra has historically been a bit of an exclusive club, welcoming to violins, clarinets, trumpets, and the like, but a bit short on banjos, accordions, and saxophones. Times are changing though, and so are orchestras. But how did symphony orchestras get the instruments they have? Why do they sit where they do, and wear those clothes? Why are there so many jokes about violas? And is anyone really following the conductor? Join conductor Gary Ewer as he digs down into the history and most closely held secrets of the symphony orchestra.