Inspired by the virtuosic movement of symphonic conducting, Solo Symphony features Austin Symphony Conductor Peter Bay performing a dance created in collaboration with Allison Orr. Accompanied by 13 musicians and an original score by Graham Reynolds, the dance at times features Bay actually conducting while at other times showed Bay performing movements based abstractly on his conducting gestures. The piece also includes text taken from Orr’s interviews with Bay, and is a memoir-style look into Bay’s love of music and passion for conducting. Solo Symphony highlights Bay’s tremendously skilled and unique conducting style, his passion and deep love for music, and the artistry and grace with which he performs his job.
Listed as a Top 10 Dance of 2012 by the Austin Chronicle by both Robert Faires and Jonelle Seitz.
Winner of Austin Critic's Table Award 2012-13.
Writes Faires, “A revelation – of the dance at the heart of an orchestral conductor’s movements, of Peter Bay’s love for his work and courage as an artist, and, through his artistry and that of choreographer Allison Orr, of the Creator as a dancer and musicmaker.”
Writes reviewer Jonelle Seitz, “Incidental moments of disconnect between conducting, or movement, and music presented a dark side – like a loss of a language once possessed – thereby underscoring the exceptionality and magic of music-making and physical response.”