BEHIND THE SCENES

Musical America recently unveiled Unscripted, a series of short casual video conversations with interesting figures in the performing arts industry. We get into everything from their guilty pleasures to important advice.

Christopher Tin
Composer
A Mozambique peace treaty signing, a X-Men movie, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations ... Christopher Tin's music has played a role in quite a variety of events. Christopher described how he found himself creating music for video games, films, and classical audiences—and how his enthusiasm during a conducting debut turned his baton into a flying projectile.
After hastily donning proper protective gear, Unscripted sat with the renowned composer to find out about his process, his perceptions, and why he hopes singer/songwriter Florence Welch sees this interview.

Kim Notelmy
President, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Unscripted caught up for four revealing minutes with Kim Notelmy, head of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and former COO of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
A few highlights: her addictions (chocolate), a guilty pleasure (fabulous wine ["I wish it was non-alcoholic so I could have more ...]), an embarrassing moment (a wardrobe malfunction brought to a swift end thanks to her squad), and why the country is better off that she didn't pursue her youthful dream job.

Stewart Copeland
Drummer & Composer
Calling Stewart Copeland versatile is a real understatement. He is a founding member and drummer of The Police, inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and composer for orchestra, opera, film soundtracks and video games. Just to round things out, Copeland spends his leisure time rollerskating and playing polo.
Copeland invited Unscripted into his home studio to discuss his time-travel fantasy, turning disaster into a bonding experience, and sharing get-rich schemes and conspiracy theories with his "chuckle buddies."

Monica Ellis
Bassoonist
Monica Ellis is a busy bassoonist—a renowned musician, a founding member of Imani Winds and the group's administrative director and tour manager. She's also been a visiting professor or on faculty at The University of Chicago, The Hartt School, Purchase and Brooklyn College Conservatories of Music, Mannes School of Music and The Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program.
Ellis took a break to talk with Unscripted about the right way to hold a bassoon (...not from the top...), her dreams of dinner with the Purple One and her special spreadsheet powers.

Francisco J. Núñez
Conductor, Composer, Founder of Young People's Chorus NYC,
Musical America Educator of the Year
Famed conductor, composer and educator Francisco J. Núñez sat with Unscripted to tell us about children fainting onstage, his journey toward being a dog lover, and his secret and guilty pleasure (hint: he keeps it in his pocket).

Aaron Diehl
Composer, Pianist
In this third installment of our behind-the-curtain interviews, Aaron Diehl, world-famous composer and pianist, tells us why James Bond is important to him and what it's like to watch sports with his Olympian mom.

Cori Ellison
Dramaturg, Santa Fe Opera
Unscripted sat with Santa Fe Opera's dramaturg, Cori Ellison, who told us what happens when characters die in the wrong spot, explained to us her "everything" beacon and let us know why dinner with Mozart would be a "blast."

Aaron Diehl
Composer, Pianist
In this third installment of our behind-the-curtain interviews, Aaron Diehl, world-famous composer and pianist, tells us why James Bond is important to him and what it's like to watch sports with his Olympian mom.

Tanya Bannister
President, Concert Artists Guild
In this second instalment, Tanya Bannister, head of Concert Artists Guild, divulges her most embarrassing career moment as well as her what she might be doing if she weren't in the performing arts.

Mason Bates
Composer, Curator, DJ
Musical America Composer of the Year 2018
During the first installment of Unscripted with world-renowned composer Mason Bates, Mason let us know his guilty pleasure and what words of sage advice he would have for his younger self.
 

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