Philadelphia Orchestra’s “Conduct Us” event in Reading Terminal Market

Posted on: March 10, 2015

In Tuesday’s (3/10) Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns writes that on Monday at the city’s Reading Terminal Market, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra performed “a ‘Conduct Us’ program, where listeners could become participants and get a souvenir baton.… Right under the sign for Spataro’s Cheesesteaks, 11 string players clustered for an hour of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings…. Kristie Nies, 57, visiting from Tennessee, seemed to know the right beats for Mozart’s time signatures but got lost and flustered, at which point [conductor Scott] Terrell gently stepped forward to guide her hands. Nobody was expected to be expert, which was part of the fun. ‘The market needed somebody to laugh at. I didn’t know what I was doing, obviously,’ said Moses Smucker, a 64-year-old Amish man from Morgantown who runs Smucker’s Quality Meats & Grill… Monday’s concert … was the first in two weeks of outreach performances that will include student concerts at schools in Bensalem, Norristown, and Northeast Philadelphia. But few spots can boast the cross-section of humanity that the market can. ‘This is a good location to put the message out there,” said violinist Amy Oshiro-Morales, ‘to say this is some of what we do, but not all.’ ”

Posted March 10, 2015

Pictured: Moses Smucker, an Amish vendor at the Reading Terminal Market, leads string players from the Philadelphia Orchestra in Mozart’s Eine Kliene Nachtmusik” on Monday during a lunchtime pop-up concert. Photo by Michael Bryant