How to Listen to Classical Music: What Does A Conductor Actually Do?

Watch video of the Feb. 3, 2011, class, “What Does A Conductor Actually Do?”

Giancarlo Guerrero leads a penetrating and intimate exploration of the role and responsibilities of the symphonic conductor. Through the use of personal stories, DVDs, recordings and demonstration, class participants learn firsthand the actual components of the conductor’s leadership and job requirements. The world’s great conductors will be compared and contrasted, illuminating the central and sometimes surprising role the conductor plays in the musical interpretation, production, sound, personnel and importantly the enjoyment of the audience.

The class is part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s  “How to Listen to Classical Music” class, presented by Giancarlo Guerrero, music director and conductor, Nashville Symphony and Mitchell Korn, vice president for education and community, Nashville Symphony and Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music Distinguished Lecturer for Music and Community.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt supports lifelong learning. It is an organization that provides adults with educational programs, stimulating tours and trips, and a variety of social events. The program reflects the high academic standards espoused by the university on all levels. By offering non-credit courses, students benefit from the stimulus of lectures and discussions in an informal and relaxed environment. The student body is a cohesive group that projects a true sense of community, always welcoming new members.

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