MANY ORCHESTRAL MUSICIANS make a bargain: a portion of their creative autonomy in exchange for a steady paycheck. The man up front with the stick makes the artistic decisions, he sculpts the music during a performance, he connects with the audience, and he accepts its applause (never mind that he himself hasn’t played a note). It’s no wonder that job satisfaction in big orchestras can be notoriously low.
But what if a pack of idealistic and talented young string players decided to forgo a conductor, to make all their own artistic choices — from repertoire to interpretations to soloist collaborations? What if there was not one leader but 18? The group, in short, might look a bit like A Far Cry. Actually, it would be A Far Cry.