Michael Griffith, Director of Orchestral Activities at University of Wyoming, presented From the Mysterious to the Mundane: How Conductors Make Music during the Spring Saturday U. The event took place at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY on March 7, 2015.
Orchestra conductors — they make no sound, yet get much of the applause. They make no sound, yet the Cleveland Orchestra under Szell sounded different from the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy. And it was the “magic” of Bernstein that shaped the sound of the New York Philharmonic. How does a conductor do this? Is a baton necessary? Does the size of a conductor's baton really matter?
Dr. Michael Griffith, Music Director of the University of Wyoming Symphony, unlocked this mystery and explained how the conductor’s artistic planning, rehearsal technique, and physical presence all shape an ensemble’s sound.
Saturday University is a collaborative program connecting popular University of Wyoming professors with Wyoming residents who have a desire to learn. Saturday University is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, University of Wyoming Foundation and the Wyoming Humanities Council. The program is presented locally by Central Wyoming College and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Saturday U is free and open to the public. For more information about Saturday U, visit the website at http://www.uwyo.edu/SaturdayU/
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