William Fitzpatrick - violin expert

The Many Stories of Bill Fitzpatrick: Concerto Reading

How Prof. Fitzpatrick had to cope with music conducting

In this new short video, Prof. Fitzpatrick tells a story about him conducting an orchestra.

Released on November 3, 2021

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Video Transcription

Well, a Julliard pianist was organizing a concerto reading and asked me to play in the orchestra. I said, yes, but only if I could conduct one of the concertos. Do you conduct? Yes. A friend said that I was wonderful, so he asked me to conduct his Brahms. When he left, we cracked up, as I had never, ever conducted.

A month passed, and the pianist asked to meet. This was getting serious. So, I called my conductor friend, Vicky, who gave me three lessons. Well, the evening came and I started conducting. I loved it. Miss Delay was there, so afterwards I went up to her and asked what she thought. And she said, "Billy, can you be mean? You know, conductors, they have to be mean." I just walked away.
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Comments, Questions, Requests:

George Mahida * VSM MEMBER * on November 4, 2021 @5:39 pm PST
Professor Fitzpatrick I like your stories! I am glad you walked away. Have you thought about doing a video with Mr. Perlman talking about health & aging issues effects on violin playing!
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William - host, on November 20, 2021 @2:05 am PST
Hi and thanks for the comment. Thats an interesting idea and I will look into it! Thanks!
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