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December 2012

Twirling Batons

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

Gustavo Dudamel, music director at the LA Philharmonic.

In my recent The Podium Mystery blog (Sept. 17), I asked how conductors get their results — what it takes to create a great performance. Several replies to my blog pointed out very correctly that the main work of the conductor is not done in the concert, but rather in rehearsals.… Read the rest

Down the Rabbit Hole

Alice Enters the Rabbit Hole

A window display from Fortnum and Mason in London depicts Alice and the rabbit.

I just had a lively discussion with someone I disagreed with — myself! Deep down, I have always felt that artists come into this world with their work and creative paths already mapped out for them.… Read the rest