The 02/10/13 Joy Jar

9 Feb

Moi went to a great concert with headliners Puccini and Shostakovich sponsored by Orchestra Seattle Seattle Chamber Singers. Other pieces on the program were by Weber and Bach. It was a challenging program madfe even more challenging by the fact that the conductor, Johan Louwersheimer was trying out for the permanent conductor position. One immediately notices a less skilled conductor because there is no flow to the music and something just seems off. One slowly appreciates a skilled conductor because everything just worked, almost effortlessly. Mr. Louwersheimer was very skilled. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the harmony of sound guided by a skilled conductor.


The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible. We are pilots, not servants.
Franz Liszt


Is it not the business of the conductor to convey to the public in its dramatic form the central idea of a composition; and how can he convey that idea successfully if he does not enter heart and soul into the life of the music and the tale it unfolds?
John Philip Sousa


I think it’s a very important collaboration between the conductor and the orchestra – especially when the conductor is one more member of the orchestra in the way that you are leading, but also respecting, feeling and building the same way for all the players to understand the music.
Gustavo Dudamel

Conductors’ careers are made for the most part with ‘Romantic’ music. ‘Classic’ music eliminates the conductor; we do not remember him in it.
Igor Stravinsky

A conductor should guide rather than command.
Riccardo Muti

Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally, it is being someone who is a coach, a trainer, an editor, a director.
Michael Tilson Thomas

Only when every one of us and every nation learns the secret of love for all mankind will the world become a great orchestra, following the beat of the Greatest Conductor of all.
Artur Rodzinski




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