Boston’s most famous orchestra is the one that got its name from its sound.
The Boston Symphony, one of the oldest and most famous of Boston’s professional orchestras, is also known for its high-pitched, soaring voices, which make up most of its repertoire.
But the orchestra has struggled to attract young people to its repertoire in recent years.
Boston Public Radio’s Brian Naylor and Emily Haney spoke with the orchestra’s conductor, Peter Schulz, about the current state of the orchestra and what it would take to attract a new generation of talent.
(Dana Brackett/The Washington Post) The orchestra has also struggled to get young people interested in its repertoire, Schulz said.
“It’s very, very difficult,” he said.
Schulz has played the role of conductor for the Boston Symphony since he was 13.
His first job was as a conductor in a children’s choir, he said, and he continued to play for years after that.
“I always had a strong connection to it,” he explained.
“That’s one of my main things in life.
You have to keep the connection.”
The Boston Public Broadcasting group’s Brian Haney talks with Peter Schutz, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, on Aug. 2, 2017.
(Peter Schutz/The Boston Phil, Public Broadcasting) The Symphony’s performance of St. Stephen’s hymn, “L’Amoris Laetitia,” became an anthem for the young orchestra.
“For me, it’s about love,” Schulz told Haney.
“So we tried to do the hymn on a very emotional level and we tried it as a group, which is very hard to do.”
Schulz played it with orchestra members in the choir and with a young man who had never heard it before.
“He started crying,” Schutz said.
When the conductor and his orchestra members were in the middle of the performance, the young man turned to Schulz and said, “You know what?
I love you.”
The young man is now a member of the band.
“What I love about the performance was the way that the orchestra member embraced him and said ‘I love you, Peter,'” Schulz continued.
“And that was very important.
It was about love.”
And the young people who sang the song with the conductor were the ones who were most likely to make it through to the orchestra next year, Schutz continued.
The performance of the hymns “Tis Of Thee, My Lord” and “Obedience” became iconic, and it has become a favorite of young people, Schatz said.
But it wasn’t always like that.
In his youth, Schulss was often on tour with the Boston Red Sox.
He had a close relationship with the manager of the Sox and was able to connect with them, and they often invited him to their home games, according to Schutz.
But when the Red Sox won the World Series in 1997, Schuldt was left out of the group.
The conductor told Hahn that the Red’s manager, Don Mattingly, made him feel that he wasn’t a part of the organization, Hahn said.
The Red Sox never paid Schulz much attention.
“In those days, they didn’t pay much attention to him,” Hahn added.
He continued: “Peter was kind of forgotten, for a while.”
The conductor was able, however, to get a lot of recognition from other young people.
“You’ve got to realize that there was a lot more going on in Boston in the ’90s than what we see today,” Schulitz said.
He said he would like to go to New York someday, where he can meet some of the young Bostonians who were not with the Red and White teams.
“Maybe I can be a part in some of that,” he told Hahne.
The most popular performance in the Boston public orchestra is St. John’s hymned hymn “Holy Trinity,” which is sung in a different key, according the Boston Public Media group.
“This is probably the most popular, I think, performance in Boston,” Schatz explained.
But he said that this song was not included in the performance of “Holy, Holy Trinity” that was shown at the 2016 Boston Public Orchestra awards ceremony.
He explained that he chose not to sing the hyme at the awards ceremony because he was not sure that it would be a good fit for his voice.
“The reason is I don’t have a good understanding of how to play this particular piece,” Schütz said.
(The Boston Public Broadcast group’s Peter Schutzes performance of a Boston Symphony concerto, “St. John,” which was included in Boston Public Television’s “Boston Public Music Festival.”
Courtesy Boston Public, Public Television, Boston Public) Schulz also told Hhahn that he wants to write a new hymn for the