The North Door
"...But then the music itself is so, so foxy, beyond my own aggressively catholic taste. There's an album of harp music, Rough Night Harp Concerto Live Bootleg Featuring the Louisiana Philharmonic With Peter Bay Conducting and Elaine Barber Solo Harp, with a funny little story in the online liner notes about Peter Bay, conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, asking Stopschinski where he was staying..."
"...All the San Francisco all-stars of the Sixties sprang from folk, blues, and country, but none crystallized Americana as succinctly as Moby Grape. My Morning Jacket's psychedelia, Drive-By Truckers' triple guitar front, and Band of Horses' deep harmonies all owe royalties to a Bay Area roots collective whose catalyst, Skip Spence, died in 1999..."
"...If all the term "symphony conductor" calls to mind is that cartoon stereotype – bushy white mop of hair rising from hunched shoulders, arms sawing the air with the frenzied air of Klaus Kinski hacking his way through the Amazonian brush in Aguirre: The Wrath of God – then you might be a bit startled upon seeing Peter Bay take the podium. The now well-established director of the Austin Symphony Orchestra – he's just begun his 10th season with the orchestra – cuts a modest figure, even in a tux: slight of stature and build, close-cropped black hair with a dusting of gray here and there, spectacles that might suggest a scholarly mien were it not for the merry eyes behind them and the affable smile beneath..."
"...Austin Symphony conductor Peter Bay fell under the spell of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky score well before he saw the film for which it was written, having heard orchestras play the cantata that Prokofiev fashioned from the score the year after the film was made. But in college, when he was able to experience this score -- which he still calls "some of the most touching, exciting music I know" -- wedded to Eisenstein's monumental visuals, it only increased his affection for it..."
"...Impish and powerful. To watch Austin Symphony maestro Peter Bay at work on the podium is to see a conductor leading musicians as if he were the music itself -- his body swaying, soaring, as he cajoles and rouses the notes from his orchestra...."
"...The symphony conductor: Though a highly revered and magical position to many, much of the time, it's also an isolated one – something Austin Symphony Orchestra maestro Peter Bay knows all too well. "I enjoy what I do as a conductor," he says, "but a lot of it is very solitary..."
"...The Austin Critics Table will induct them into the Hall of Fame during the Critics Table's annual awards ceremony – the most informal one in town – on Monday, May 23, 7pm, at Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research. Here is a brief introduction to these cultural heroes. Peter Bay..."
"...Despite the positive feedback, the spicy sounds were also met with a strain of resistance, even from regular subscription holders. ASO Music Director Peter Bay explains, "New music can be stimulating and exciting for many, but for others it's too modern or too dissonant..."
"...Her next dance will focus on an individual, someone whose movements are familiar to many but, like most of the subjects Orr has set her choreographic sights on, not generally considered dance. Her subject will be Austin Symphony Orchestra conductor Peter Bay...."
"...Well, the fat lady has finally sung in the Austin Symphony Orchestra`s long, long search for a new conductor. (I know that that metaphor really only ought to be used for an opera company, but hey, after two seasons of the ASO trying out conductors to succeed departing maestro Sung Kwak, I'll take any phrase that has even the barest connection to classical music.) This week, the symphony selected Peter Bay, music director for Pennsylvania's Erie Philharmonic and the principal guest conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, to take the baton for the ASO..."
"...When is a Michael Bay film not a Michael Bay film? When it's a Peter Berg film, apparently, as this CGI-laden, excrutiatingly overlong quasi-epic and total Transformers rip-off proves time and time again. Whether it's sweeping helicopter shots of the destroyer U.S.S..."
"...This spring, Peter Bay, music director and conductor of the Austin Symphony, had the bright idea of getting UT composition professor Dan Welcher to take a little trip to New York with him, a sort of classical-music guy getaway...."
"...The festival officially known as Shostakovich 100: Austin Celebrates has been in the planning stages for almost two years. The Chronicle sat down with Maestro Buckley and Austin Symphony Orchestra Music Director Peter Bay and composer Graham Reynolds, both of whom have been heavily involved in the development of the festival, to learn more about why they believe Shostakovich merits this kind of celebration and how it came about.The Composer..."
"...They are two books that music students don't sell back at the end of the semester. Austin Symphony Orchestra conductor Peter Bay kept his copy of The Technique of Orchestration from his student days at the Peabody Conservatory..."
"...Directed by: Michael Bay. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, Bingbing Li, T.J..."
"...That's what Peter Bay gave me two weeks ago – well, not literally, as he isn't the kind of guy to go around thwacking people, even critics. But clearly he isn't above surprising them in the artistic realm, as he proved in Forklift Danceworks' Solo Symphony, a work inspired by his movements as an orchestral conductor...."
"...So which version did ASO music director and conductor Peter Bay choose? Something modern? Something debated and updated by classical music academicians? Bay (who saw the premiere of Undead and was impressed by its concept and scale) says he sought out all the scores and recordings of completed versions of the Requiem he could find until he "lost track," eventually opting for the one he felt was closest to the composer's, the one first completed by Süssmayr, whom Bay credits with being present at the dying composer's bedside. "Maybe Mozart sang to him," opines Bay..."
"...Conductor Peter Bay, introducing what turned out to be an invigorating and enjoyable program, said of guest violinist Caitlin Tully simply that we'd be amazed. The 14-year-old Tully, making her way across the country as a guest of symphonies, chamber orchestras, and more, was indeed amazing..."
"...At long last, after months of waiting, after months of driving downtown past the banner at Symphony Square welcoming conductor Peter Bay to Austin, the Maestro has arrived where he belongs: on the podium. On Thursday night, November 5, at Bass Concert Hall, Bay conducted his first performance since being named as music director of the Austin Symphony Orchestra (ASO)..."