On Thursday, Feb. 7, CSUSB Orchestra had the privilege of attending a rehearsal for the San Bernardino Symphony at the California Theatre in Downtown San Bernardino.
Students watched the rehearsal from the front row of the second floor which had a really great view of the whole stage.
This concert is based off pictures, elements, and music combined. Throughout the concert, they will be showing a variety of clips from cartoons such as Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry.
During intermission, CSUSB Orchestra had the opportunity to speak with the conductor, Maestro Ming Luke.
Maestro Ming Luke stated that he was primarily a pianist and he plays a little bit of violin but wasn’t good enough as a violinist to really play.
He enjoyed playing the piano because you can do everything by yourself and don’t really need any other people to play, but he felt that it was a little bit isolating and he enjoys collaborating and working with people.
He stated, “I love working with completely different groups because everybody has their own environment and the way they work. They have completely different experiences, but we still play the same music.”
Maestro Ming Luke even offered some advice to college students pursuing music, stating that
It sounds really scary because we don’t have a job path like some others do which everything is spelled out. If you’re studying to be a doctor it’s med school, residency, specialties, etc. everything is sort of like this is what you do or if you want to be a nurse its nursing school.
He explained that for music it’s not like that and everyone you talk to does their own thing with it. Some go on to teach, while other play and some even do both.
Maestro Ming Luke stated, “I was really scared coming out of school because you never know if you’re going to get a job or not. But then when you see the people that make it, those are the people that just stuck with it and really worked hard.
He concluded by saying, “Focus as much as possible and trust that jobs will come because it actually helps. When I see the people that made it, it’s because they’re really just interested in it and they dive into it.”
When asked what his favorite piece to conduct Maestro Ming Luke stated, “I really like whatever I am working on because there’s always something interesting about it.”
Before attending the rehearsal, CSUSB student Jordan Robles, was excited to attend the rehearsal.
Robles stated, “I have loved watching and listening to the San Bernardino symphony orchestra ever since high school when I first saw them.”
The musicians playing in the concert come from all over and there were only two rehearsals before the event on Feb. 9.
Robles also attended Tuesday nights rehearsal and wanted to go a second time because the group sounded amazing.
She stated that Maestro Ming Luke had amazing energy when he conducted and her favorite part was watching the music come together at the end after they spent time on a specific part of the music.
Robles stated, “It was an all around wonderful experience and I am happy to have been invited to go. It was such an honor.”