Grant Sevdayan has a one-day opening for an anvil player with the Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra. No experience is necessary, and no audition will be required.
Sevdayan, the musical director of the nonprofit orchestra that launched two years ago, tries to work at least one interactive segment into each of his shows.
Sunday, the orchestra has a Father's Day concert at the Huntington Beach Central Library, and Sevdayan needs a volunteer to bang on a genuine anvil.
Of course, they'll need to bang it in time. The piece in question is the "Anvil Chorus" from Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il trovatore," and Sevdayan plans to pick someone from the crowd to provide an impromptu rhythm.
"I'll invite the bravest guy in the audience," he said.
The Torrance resident, who earned a master's degree in organ performance and orchestral conducting at USC, believes in a good show as much as a quality concert. And he hopes that will add up to enough cross-generational appeal to pack Sunday's audience with dads and their kids.