In a city known as the live music capital, there are no shortage of nominees for any hypothetical list of notable local music community members. One person who’d make any thoughtful survey, though, would be the fantastic conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Peter Bay. Bay has headed Austin’s source for classical music for nearly fifteen years, hosting many of the world’s great soloists and playing many of the greatest pieces of music ever composed. Bay, who conducted a performance for thousands earlier this month at the 4th of July celebration, will be taking part in an unlikely endeavor this week: as the source of inspiration for choreographer Allison Orr (known for the Trash Project) for a special, conductor-centric dance performance. In advance of Solo Symphony, we spoke with Peter to discuss what exactly it is he’s doing when he’s conducting, the role of classical music in today’s world, and how he’s more nervous for this dance performance than anything else in his career.

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