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    April 26, 2024
    5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
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Knowing the Score: The Theatrical Nature of Being an Orchestra Conductor
Friday 4/26/24, at 5pm ET

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In the room: Christoph Schlüren, founder of Germany's Symphonia Momentum, and frequent conductor of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein and St Michel Strings Mikkeli. He will be joining us from Munich as we look at conducting through a theater perspective. Does conducting have aspects of dramatic performance, and to what degree does he view himself as a visual part of a classical concert? Does he interpret a score as a theater director might interpret a script? What is more challenging: mastering the dramatic arc of a complex new piece, or finding his own voice within familiar works? Has he ever felt like he discovered an inner voicing or musical detail that others have perhaps missed or underestimated?  He talks about finding dramaturgical connections between diverse pieces. What are some of those connections? How else  does he determine programming for a concert? What have been some of the most challenging pieces he's ever taken on, and what makes them challenging? And most mysteriously, how does he translate the abstracts of music into a specific communication to an audience?