The Front Row: The LSO's Maestro Mash

Oct 30, 2018

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra is giving a special Halloween Concert at the Lubbock Civic theatre. Maestro David Cho is here with a special guest magician on this episode of the Front Row.

Maestro Cho, tell us about the concert.

Yes, tonight is a family concert with the theme of Halloween. We’ll be playing songs that are very attractive to our audiences since it’s halloween. We will have pre-concert activities starting at 5:30, paint your face, learn how to conduct, show off your costumes, share candies, followed by a concert at 7 p.m.What begins first thing?

I don’t want to give away too many details or secrets, but the first piece will be a piece by Walton…followed by some Harry Potter and Superman and we’ll go from there. It’s going to be a fabulous show.What else is going to surround the concert?

We will have our guest, Irving Quant, who is internationally traveled magician, who happens to reside in Lubbock and he has performed with Ballet Lubbock and this is his first time collaborating with the Symphony, so he’s truly excited. And we’re excited that he’s decided to participate.When did you get interested in magic?

I was six years old when I saw my first magician and then when I was 12 I picked up my first magic book and I am 31 now. I’ve been doing this for a very long time.What do you do to prepare for a specific type of event like this?

The first thing I have to consider is that David called me and he said ‘hey will you teach me some magic tricks to do in this?’ And it slowly became part of this whole thing that we’re going to create magic for this event too. So, the first thing I would consider is the audience and the venue. What is the concert for? Where is it at? And then the magic that we are going to be creating on stage. And from there it just comes all together.

Listen to the full interview at the top of the article.