Eric Peterson is a New York City-based conductor specializing in musical theater from Broadway to opera.
He is also available as a hornist, accompanist, vocal coach and arranger.
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After the three-year-straight line of back-to-back shows I conducted, it's been strange to not have any specific projects lined up. Well, not conducting-wise anyway. I've been singing in the Blue Hill Troupe concerts, getting the music together for my niece's wedding in April, and am booked to play horn for Easter services at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich. I'm finally ready to do a reading of my two quintet arrangements, but will wait for all this to blow over before getting that set up.
But I'm also taking the time to regroup and recharge. It's a good time simply to study repertoire, maintain piano chops and refill the artistic tank before taking on the next project, whatever that may be. I've been attending matinees at the Met, have been watching opera videos, and studying scores. If a 'next project' doesn't fall in to my lap, there's nothing but lack of energy or audacity keeping me from putting together something myself - and I've got some interesting ideas along that line. Watch this space!
After the huge success and emotional high of Savoynet's "Sorcerer" in August, for the first time in years, I've been enjoying a fall with no
upcoming MD projects. I'm finally finishing up my woodwind quintet arrangements of Corelli and Vivaldi concerti grossi (one each, although there's plenty more to choose from if I want to keep going in that vein). Next step is to get them read by actual players, do some clean-up and publish them at Score Exchange
After that, depending on time and availability, I'll be cleaning up and publishing some concert band arrangements I did for the Big Apple Corps
back in the day.
Other than that, we're recovering from Hurricane Sandy (we were very lucky - never even lost power) and preparing for the holidays. Happy Fall, everyone!
The Savoynet Performing Group's Sorcerer at the 19th International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England went up (and down) on August 8th. It was a great success - the audience loved our hilarious modern-dress production, set in a hotel. The cast was amazing, a delight to work with.
At the festival, the MD gets one three-hour rehearsal with the festival orchestra the day of the show, and that's it. That had been my big worry, and I was as completely prepared for it as I knew how to be. As it turned out, the orchestra was lovely, helpful, attentive and played beautifully. Months of low-level worry gone as soon as I gave an upbeat and a downbeat and they followed it.
I'd been preparing for that debut for a long, long time, and am still on Cloud 9 about how well it went!
More soon - the festival is still going on, but there will be awards granted and I suspect we might get one or two.
Troupers Light Opera's Mikado
went up (and down) this past weekend. Here's a lovely review
by Jerry Sehulster.
We're in the final sprint for The Mikado
! Sitzprobe was yesterday, a lot of fun. There's a lovely article
on the production by Jerry Sehulster, who always covers the TLO shows.
Other than that, I have two horn gigs coming up: Easter brass quintet at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greenport, Long Island and Mendelssohn's Elijah
at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich
on May 4th.
After that, it's prep for the Savoynet Sorcerer
. Very excited!
Troupers Light Opera
is holding auditions for its spring production, The Mikado ,
at Union Memorial Church, Stamford, CT on Tues-Wed, Dec. 6 and 7th. The show will be directed by Tom Zimmerman, and I'm the musical director.
The Mikado is a riotously wonderful show, and (even though I've sung it many times in concert) I've never done a full production of it. So please come and join the innocent merriment! See the TLO website for more info and to sign up for auditions.
So... BHT's Forum was a wonderful experience. It was very well-received and most performances sold out. On to the next...It looks like TLO's Mikado will be going up in early April. Stay tuned for audition info - auditions are just a few weeks away.
But... most exciting... I will be music-directing Savoynet Performing Group's annual production at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England next summer! This will be my 5th Savoynet show, but first time music-directing. The show is The Sorcerer, will be performed August 8th and will be directed by the amazing Gary Slavin. If you're interested in participating, sign up for the Savoynet mailing list and look for audition info to be posted soon.
We're now in rehearsal for Forum. It's going to be a hoot! Get your tickets early - there are nine performances, but it's a small house and it sells out quickly.
I can now announce officially what has been common knowledge for a while - I will be returning as music director for
Troupers Light Opera's spring show, The Mikado. Auditions and dates TBA.
I can't share the details yet, but it looks like my 2011-2012 season is pretty much set. Stay tuned...
Finalists are posted
. I made the finals for orchestral conducting (community orchestra)! Stay tuned...