Tuesday, March 13, 2011: Dress Rehearsal!

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Most orchestras open their doors for public rehearsal. Here, the National Theatre Orchestra

Opus Osm goes behind the curtain to find out what a general, or dress, rehearsal is all about. You can read this article by Sam Goldscheider in its entirety by clicking on “Other Side of the Curtain,” the black tab at the top of the page.

What Happens at a Dress Rehearsal? And Why Should You Go?

Ever wonder what happens during a symphony orchestra rehearsal?

The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK), Czech Philharmonic, and other leading Prague orchestras give you the opportunity to find out. Regularly, before an orchestra’s first performance of a big symphonic concert, the audience is invited in to watch the General, or Dress, Rehearsal (both terms are used).

The General Rehearsal is the last chance for the orchestra to put their performance together. Usually it’s simply a run-through of the entire programme, with a few pointers added by the conductor after. What is never supposed to happen is that the playing stops – it’s definitely not the done thing in a performance, so it shouldn’t happen in the last run-through! …

Photo Credits: Miroslav Setnička

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