Ask Jason

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Each week, Jason Love will answer your questions about the Columbia Orchestra, music, or whatever you want to know!

Just submit your questions by email at askjason@columbiaorchestra.org and he'll respond each week. Do you have a question for a performer of a certain instrument in the orchestra? Ask those at the same email address, too!

June 28, 2020

Ask Jason Number 9

Eric asks... “Why is the concertmaster responsible for tuning the orchestra and what else does the concertmaster do?”

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June 22, 2020

Ask Jason Number 8

We’ve had a couple of questions about how we pick the pieces that we do, who picks the pieces, and since last week’s “Ask Jason,” we had a question about how we find some of the newer, unfamiliar pieces that we perform.

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June 14, 2020

Ask Jason Number 7

Robert asks... “Do traditional symphony orchestras prefer to play ‘the old standbys’ for lack of a better term, or do they tend to find stepping out of their ‘comfort zone’ refreshing and exciting?”

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June 7, 2020

Ask Jason Number 6

Jason explores the Columbia Orchestra's responsibility to better serve audiences of color.

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May 31, 2020

Ask Jason Number 5

Tyler asks... "Do antique stringed instruments truly sound better than modern ones and which do members of the orchestra play?"

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May 24, 2020

Ask Jason Number 4

Rick Dellinger, Columbia Orchestra Horn Player, asks which kind of the four types of tuba Jason prefers for Columbia Orchestra performances. Tom Holtz, Columbia Orchestra Principal Tuba, guest stars!

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May 17, 2020

Ask Jason Number 3

Karen asks…“Did a particular conductor inspire you to pursue conducting? At what point in your pursuit of studying music did you decide to conduct?”

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May 10, 2020

Ask Jason Number 2

Anne asks…“Do you practice conducting in front of a mirror with a metronome?”

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May 3, 2020

Ask Jason Number 1!

Shawn asks…“I'm curious as to what goes into deciding how to interpret a piece. Is there a lot of listening to different performances and conductors from the past? Do you just sit with the score by itself? Is it iterative, allowing shifts in expressive decisions as the orchestra practices it and things come up? Is it different when working with pieces that are more or less familiar or personally appealing?”

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