The Conductors, Part II – FEB 12, 2022 at 7:00PM

$35.00

Presented by Maestro Thomas Shoebotham in person and via live video stream with interactive Q&A.

Tickets: $35.  YOU MAY CHOOSE THE VIDEO STREAM OR IN-CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE. FOR THE VIDEO STREAM, ONLY ONE TICKET PER HOUSEHOLD IS NECESSARY.  CLASSROOM TICKETS ARE $35 PER PERSON. (PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASSROOM SEATING IS LIMITED.)

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This lecture continues our examination of the wide variety of conducting methods employed by opera and orchestra conductors of the last 60 years. Starting with a brief recap of the history of conducting up through the 1950s, we will then turn our attention to such figures as Karajan, Keliber, Bernstein, Solti, and many others. We will examine how these different conductors have worked in rehearsal and performance, and also discuss how different cultural, economic, and social conditions and social conditions have affected the role of conductors (including, increasingly, women conductors) in the second half of the 20th century and in our current times.

Thomas Shoebotham has taught and performed on the cello in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Maestro Shoebotham plays a 2004 Anthony Lane cello, which won a silver medal for tone at the Violin Society of America competition in Portland. Also a noted conductor, he has directed performances for a number of groups, including Opera San Jose, Berkeley Opera, Peninsula Symphony, West Bay Opera, Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Albuquerque Philharmonic, and Palo Alto Philharmonic.

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