Sixteen years ago, clarinetist Scott Wight returned home to Peterborough after working abroad, and was looking for a place to play music. He auditioned for PSO Music Director and Conductor, Michael Newnham, who was just beginning his tenure with the orchestra. Scott has been playing with the PSO ever since.
What does Scott enjoy most about volunteering with the orchestra? “The friendships and the great music!” he says. With so many years of fond musical memories behind him, Scott finds it difficult to pinpoint only one as a favourite, but a highlight that stands out in his mind is his performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the PSO.
Scott finds himself listening to the music of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven most frequently. He particularly enjoys listening to compositions that have interesting stories behind them, such as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4, which explores the idea of fate, and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7, which the composer enthusiastically conducted himself at the premiere in Vienna, 1813. He also loves Mozart’s Requiem, the composer’s final masterpiece, left unfinished at his death, and Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 7, dedicated to the city of Leningrad.