Thomas is a gifted man with a few career-related frustrations. The biggest one? He’s getting old, so he must find the next person who is worthy of stepping up to the throne he once occupied. The person who charms his way to that seat is Rodrigo – a genius, drug enthusiast, and prodigy. He’s been brought in to make classical music cool again, and hopefully earn the philharmonic more money.
Meanwhile, Hailey, a newcomer to New York, dreams of joining the philharmonic someday, as an oboist. Gloria, the president of the institution, has a few objections, but Rodrigo stands up for the young artist. The show follows Hailey on her journey through the wild world of classical musicians and showcases the various ways you can make a living through art.
Viewers get to see what happens behind the curtains and enter a world of emphatic fundraisers, whacky maestros, and entertaining rehearsals. The sexual tension between Hailey and Rodrigo is fun to watch, and the great casting and a high quality direction make every episode feel utterly refreshing. Secondary characters include Cynthia, a cellist; Lizzie, Hailey’s BFF and a party-girl at heart; Betty, an oboe player and the matriarch of the orchestra; Alex, a young dancer; and Ana Maria, a crazy musical genius Rodrigo was involved with.
By the end of season one, Rodrigo finds himself at a crossroads during his debut as conductor, Meanwhile, Hailey struggles to determine if she’s good enough to even keep trying to get somewhere with her music. The final episode leaves you feeling like there’s more greatness to come – and hopefully it will, as season 2 is set to premiere at the beginning of 2016.