Went to the concert last night, and it was really good. But I have to admit, the whole concert I was thinking that anyone can do what Ed does. How hard it is? You have a bunch of well trained musicians (most of them do it for free), you have the faculty of the music school sitting in the first chairs. We could probably pick a kid out of the audience and have then conduct couldn't you?
The summer music festival that Ed created and drives every year, just luck. Anyone in that position could have done it. Big deal, he is taking the Symphony around to other towns and exposing them to classical music and building goodwill for SIU. Anyone with that conductors job could do it. We should give him no credit for creating a music festival.
Ed was lucky to get the job, lucky to have good players, he deserves no credit for the final product. We could get a part time conductor and be fine.
Does anyone think Ed is doing a good job? I think he is just lucky.
Your comments are welcome.