If there are Austinites who still think orchestral music is a snooze, well, they just haven’t met Peter Bay yet. In the five years he’s held the director’s baton at the Austin Symphony, Bay has brought an invigorating energy to classical music locally. His enthusiasm for great scores (especially 20th-century works) and meticulous attention to their performance, along with a spirited conducting style – he all but dances on the podium – makes highbrow sounds by Mozart, Mahler, and those other golden oldies seem as fresh and immediate as anything on the FM dial.
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