Q&A WITH ORLANDO’S MUSIC MAN
Montréal-born conductor, arranger, inventor, trumpet player and multiinstrumentalist Benoit Glazer has been making music in Orlando since 1998, when he assumed the conductor role of Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba.” Tell us about “La Nouba.” The same creative team who did “O” in Vegas, two months later they came here. Because they were tired, they fell back on what they knew. The director of the show is Belgian. Rene Magritte was a surreal painter and is Belgian. A lot of what you see in the show is based on that. The characters for example, interact together but they don’t seem to go together. And that’s what Magritte did. In 2000, you founded the Timucua Arts Concert Series in your home.
When you find steady work, as an artist, it frees you up to do other things. I learned pretty quickly that the musicians here, there’s a lot of work, but it’s always in support of the tourism industry, so they don’t get to play what they would like to play a lot. So they really were happy to find a place where they can play what they want, how they want and how long they want, you know, and there are no constraints. It’s art for art’s sake.
that come to be?
Where does Orlando’s art scene stand today? Orlando is becoming an important destination for artists. And a lot of people come here from other places and all walks of life. The community is here and getting together. A lot of the really interesting stuff is hidden. People have to look for it a little bit.