I love the depth that the character Dracula has. I love the individuality of all the Draculas — Beau Pearson, Christopher Anderson and me — that we can be such different Draculas. Whether it’s the insane Dracula, the blood hungry Dracula, or the controlling Dracula, there are so many different moods and dimensions to this character. This guy’s been around for hundreds and hundreds of years, and you can only begin to tap into what you think are the emotions that he might have gone through and try to express them. It’s really amazing, the character development that you can do with this guy. And every day, playing with his character is different and changing, and it’s truly unlimited what you can do with this part as far as acting is concerned.
Sitting in Symphony Hall once again, I was reminded of the magic of this institution and of this Hall. There with Keith Lockhart at the podium, the third Pops conductor in the past 80 years, I was surrounded by history and the love and beauty of music. The Pops will be performing 37 concerts in less than three weeks, and when the day is over, it’s only about one thing…the music!
Ballet West opened its 2010-2011 season with George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Carmina Burana. The two ballets were an interesting pairing that worked very well. The Four Temperaments presented dancers portraying the four humors (basic substances in the body that were once said to make up our state of health), and Carmina Burana is meant to portray life’s Wheel of Fortune with celebration, love, desire, despair and fate. Each ballet touches upon the core of humanity, reaching directly into our soul.
St. Paul’s Choir of Salt Lake City’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church performed Dvořák’s Requiem. Before the concert, Peter Christie had talked to me about how meaningful this event was to him, as it was not just a concert but a requiem incorporated into an actual Mass. I was at a church service where a requiem was intended to be heard.
David Cho has been with the Utah Symphony for four and a half years. As Associate Conductor, David has conducted more than 300 performances, including Symphony Orchestra, Pops, Educational, and Subscription Classical Series programs, and this season he will conduct a variety of programming ranging from the Haunted Symphony (Holst, Borodin, Berlioz, Grieg, Wagner, Saint-Seäns) to the Wizard of OZ to Peter and the Wolf. Meet Maestro David Cho!
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