Longmont Symphony Orchestra conductor Elliot Moore is inviting people to step into the world of classical symphonic music. Using his Erie home as the backdrop, Moore created a television show that he likens to a fusion of Mr. Rogers and a nightly news program.
“This is a TV show for people of all ages and music abilities or interests,” Moore said. “It has educational value and a lot of entertainment value as well.”
“The Music & Moore” series premiered Aug. 14. Those who watch the first episode will meet composer Ludwig van Beethoven (Moore in costume), learn about what a day in the life of a conductor is like and meet a Longmont Symphony Orchestra cellist. The series is a partnership between the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and Longmont Public Media.
With concerts and live music events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and classes across the St. Vrain Valley School District moved online, Moore wanted to make music “relevant and accessible” to everyone from the safety of their homes.
“The number one reason I think that people don’t go to concerts is they feel like they won’t understand, like when is the right time to clap or the wrong time to clap?” Moore said. “So, these are kinds of things that I bring up in a comical and interesting way. I want to break down barriers between people who may have some interest in music, but are maybe concerned because they didn’t grow up with it.”
While Moore hopes people of all ages will connect with the show, his intent while writing the script was to create a resource for St. Vrain Valley School District teachers and students alike.
As an extension of the show, a Longmont Symphony Orchestra board member and two volunteers watch “Music & Moore” and make educational packets with activities for students in kindergarten through high school. The packets, which are created twice monthly, are then sent out to teachers in the St. Vrain Valley School District.
Pauline Soderholm of Niwot is among the three people creating the educational activities stemming from the show.
“We hope these lessons build relationships between the Longmont Symphony and students and families in Longmont and give students a behind-the-scenes look at music,” Soderholm, a retired music educator for the St. Vrain Valley District, wrote in an email.
For Moore, who has been Longmont Symphony Orchestra’s conductor for the past three years, the show is his first venture on camera, though he has spoken on TV and radio before, he said. Through Longmont Public Media, Moore was provided some equipment that has helped him bring “Music & Moore” to fruition. The show is filmed with his phone. With the use of a tripod called a gimbal, as well as a lapel microphone and Bluetooth technology that gives his phone camera the ability to follow his movement, he’s able to capture the entirety of the show from his Erie home.
Sergio Angeles, business development manager and president of Longmont Public Media, said the media makerspace and public access TV station seeks to share content that will educate and engage its viewers.
“Working with Longmont Symphony Orchestra to produce ‘Music & Moore’ is a great example of how we can collaborate with local artists and organizations to produce local programming and also advance organizational missions,” Angeles wrote in an email.
Additional to the show, Moore created 10 tutorial videos on the fundamentals of conducting music. The videos are free and available on Moore’s website: elliotmoore.com/conducting-tutorials.
The second episode of “Music & Moore” will broadcast on Channel 8 at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. People can also live stream the episode at Longmont Public Media’s website at longmontpublicmedia.org. In this episode, Moore — and Beethoven — will teach those watching about how to study a score in preparation to conduct a concert.
“The whole idea is to engage people and have them see it as being fun. It’s a way of educating and entertaining,” Moore said.
Check it out
See the first episode at elliotmoore.com/music-and-moore.