conductors

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For Conductors, Magic of Music in the Baton
The hardwood baton used by San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas is 12 inches long and made by a retired stage hand in Amsterdam. The stick used by Nicola Luisotti, the San Francisco Opera’s music director, is 13 inches
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Itay Talgam: Lead Like the Great Conductors
An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word.
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Benjamin Zander on Music and Passion
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.  
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The Venezuelan – Gustavo Dudamel takes over the L. A. Philharmonic
The classical-music world has a fraught relationship with fame. On the one hand, people are always pining for the days when Arturo Toscanini, Leonard Bernstein, and Leontyne Price dominated the airwaves and appeared on the covers of magazines.  
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Esa-Pekka Salonen among Grammy Nominees
Amid all of the Grammy hubbub this evening surrounding Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas and other mega-stars, it’s easy to forget that classical music is an important part of the annual nominations, accounting for 13 categories and spanning the field
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Shanghai Players Arrive, Driven On by Their Titan
Just over an hour into a rehearsal here last week, the maestro’s baton came down like the crack of a whip, and the music screeched to a halt. Long Yu, the imperious 45-year-old conductor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, wanted
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Bright Young Maestros
On Wednesday night, 30-year-old Latvian Andris Nelsons, music director of England’s City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, makes his debut at the Metropolitan Opera leading Puccini’s “Turandot.”  
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Leadership Secrets from a Maestro
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to conduct a word-class professional orchestra?
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