When The Walleye asked me to cover another Bucket List event for their April Issue, I knew I had to do it. This time around ti involved Justin Allec who is a writer for The Walleye. His bucket list was to play maestro for a symphony, and the TBSO granted him that wish.
Even though Justin, from what I have heard, leans more towards heavy metal music, embraced the fact he would be conducting a symphony orchestra. I honestly didn't know what to expect going in to the session. As it turns about, The TBSO ended up practicing for a couple hours for their performance which would be taking place the following day at the Community Auditorium. It wasn't until after they were done rehearsal that Justin made his way to the centre of the stage to 'conduct' one song. You could tell he was a bit nervous, but the conductor guided him through it and the whole orchestra followed his lead.
All in all it was a wonderful for experience, not only for Justin I imagine, but also for me. Prior to him getting up in front of the orchestra, I was able to photograph the rehearsal that the symphony when through. I came away with a lot of great candid shots. I have photographed the TBSO before at the Auditorium, but I was never able to get in so close.
So, not only died I get to photograph Justin for a great cause, I was lucky enough to see and hear what takes place behind the scenes of the TBSO