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Video: For Leopold Stokowski's Birthday, How to Conduct Without a Baton

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The conductor Leopold Stokowski, who was born 133 years ago Saturday, was noted for a conducting style that spurned the traditional baton.
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Musical Chairs: Who Will Replace Alan Gilbert at the Philharmonic?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Alan Gilbert’s surprise announcement has brought an assortment of responses and a reckoning of the challenges the orchestra faces.
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Long-Haul Conductor Daniele Gatti Cancels with Injury

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's not quite the curse of the Ring, but frequent Wagner conductor Daniele Gatti has been struck down by a repetitive strain injury in his shoulders, forcing him to cancel two months of concerts.

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Conductor, Horn Player Seek to Modernize Orchestras with Google Glass

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Since June, Cynthia Turner, a conductor and music professor at Cornell, has been sporting the $1500 glasses as both a teaching tool and increasingly, as an enhancement to the concert experience.

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James Judd Named Music Director of Little Orchestra Society

Monday, June 03, 2013

The English conductor succeeds the late Dino Anagnost, and will be tasked with rebuilding the chamber orchestra's concert series.

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Boston Symphony Names Andris Nelsons as New Music Director

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Boston Symphony Orchestra on Thursday named Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons as its next music director, ending a two-year search.

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Showdown @ High Noon

Pick the Piece That Puts James Levine Back on the Podium

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

After a two-year absence, James Levine is scheduled to return to the podium on May 19. In advance of his return, today's Showdown gave you three of his recordings to choose from.

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Showdown @ High Noon

Pick the Russian Potboiler from Valery Gergiev

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

We're marking Valery Gergiev's big week with a Showdown that features three Russian masterpieces conducted by this globe-trotting maestro.

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Remembering Conductor Colin Davis

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The late Colin Davis was well-known for his interpretations of Mozart, Berlioz and Sibelius, so we offer you a choice of performances by these composers on today's Showdown.

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James DePreist, Barrier-Breaking American Conductor, Dies at 76

Friday, February 08, 2013

James DePreist, one of the first African-American conductors to have a major career, despite two significant physical ailments, died Friday in Scottsdale, AZ.

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New Sounds

Remembering Butch Morris, At Length

Thursday, January 31, 2013

WNYC

Butch Morris, who died this past Tuesday at 65, was a cornetist and conductor, best known for developing a musical vocabulary that he called “Conduction.”  The term meant conducted improvisation, where Butch would shape the music through a series of gestures, and both audience and ensemble could watch the performance unfold as they listened.  It is not the type of musical experience that radio is good at capturing, unfortunately; it really is one of those “you had to be there” things.   But we did give it a try, once, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

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Showdown @ High Noon

You Choose the Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Who was your favorite former Philadelphia Orchestra music director: Christoph Eschenbach, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, or Eugene Ormandy?

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Leopold Stokowski, the Maestro, Advocates for Accessible, Affordable Art

Friday, January 04, 2013

WNYC

In a 1962 interview, Leopold Stokowski discusses his founding of the American Symphony Orchestra with WNYC's Seymour Siegel, calling for more emphasis on the arts. 

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Dutoit Conducts Rachmaninoff and Elgar

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Charles Dutoit, currently the principal conductor and artistic director of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, joins the New York Philharmonic to conduct Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla; Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Nikolai Lugansky; and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Bernstein Conducting Bernstein

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Leonard Bernstein conducts his own works on this week's trip into the Philharmonic archives. It features a choral work, his dramatic Third Symphony and two suites from The Dybbuk ballet.

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WQXR Blog

Orchestra Music Director Salaries Disclosed

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Adaptistration, the blog on the orchestra business, has published its annual charts of salaries for most of the major American orchestras’ music directors and executives.

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Watch: Conductors Seek Perfect Pitch on the Baseball Diamond

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Last week, the Italian conductor Riccardo Muti threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Watch this slideshow of conductors' first pitches.

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Conducting Business

For Conductors, Is Tyranny a Thing of the Past?

Monday, October 03, 2011

The notion of the conductor as autocrat, bent on achieving perfection by any means necessary, is a throwback to another era. Or is it?

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Transportation Nation

Art Project Turns NYC Subway Map into Musical Instrument

Monday, January 31, 2011

Conductor: www.mta.me from Alexander Chen on Vimeo.

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Forget riding the subway, try playing it. Conductor: mta.me is an impressive digital art project inspired by the New York City subway system.

Artist Alexander Chen recreated, and then animated, the famous Massimo Vignelli subway map. He combined real data from the MTA made available as part of their effort to encourage the creation of more third party transit apps for mobile phones and the internet. They were thinking more like HopStop, but this is certainly creative use.

Each time a train leaves the station in the MTA dataset, so does a dot on Chen's interactive map, trailing a line the color of the train line. The music comes in when two train lines cross. Each intersection causes a twang, like a plucked string on viola, for example--Chen's chosen instrument.

The data isn't 100 percent accurate though. The system has changed since 1972 when Vignelli made his map so Chen made the K train and the old Third Ave El train run as well. But only on a limited schedule.

You can also use your mouse to pluck strings/subway lines on the site, though not on the video above sadly. For all you techies who want to know who he did it, Chen explains it all here.

See if you can tell what portion of the map is visible in the animation.

(Via Mashable.)

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WQXR Features

Conductor Jean-Marc Cochereau Dies During Rehearsal

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The music director of the Orléans Symphony died Jan. 10. He reportedly collapsed while rehearsing the Funeral March of Beethoven’s "Eroica" Symphony.

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