It has been nearly 47 years since she joined the MSO’s bass section. “I didn’t think I was that old,” she says, shaking her head. “I started when I was 4. Put that in!” Her laugh almost splits her face. And for nearly two hours, Laura Snyder tells stories.
On a Tuesday afternoon in February, in a mostly empty Uihlein Hall, 190 singers from four Wisconsin high school choirs assembled onstage with the musicians of the Milwaukee Symphony, to rehearse Francis Poulenc’s Gloria. Conductor Randy Swiggum gave the downbeat — and some of the teenagers gasped
In putting together two or three or four pieces on one evening, “the most fun and most rewarding is figuring out what’s going to work,” Artistic consultant Patrick Castillo said. “You can’t always explain verbally why it makes sense, but it does.”