The Great Conductors

Fifty and Better Summer Session 2

The Great Conductors

This class will explore the training conductors undergo and, once they are in the field, what they do from score study, to rehearsal, to performance. We will survey the great orchestral and choral conductors of the past and present from around the world. This course also will cover conductors of color, female conductors and conductor-composers. Conductors such as Arturo Toscanini, Leonard Bernstein, Maria Guinand, Essa-Pekka Slanonen, Susana Mälki, Tyshawn Sorey and Anthony Braxton will be discussed.

Daniel Newman-Lesser, MFA, serves as the program administrator and choral director of Music Academy of the West’s Sing! program and conductor for Kadima Conservatory’s Senior Philharmonic. He graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with a master’s degree in sacred music and bachelor’s degree in piano performance. He currently is studying at Cal Arts as a Lilian Disney Scholar in the MFA Performer-Composer program.

The course is four weeks and will take place July 29, August 5, 12 and 19.

Registration is required by 3 p.m. Friday, July 23. Cost is $25 per course or bundle all 6 Summer Session 2 courses for $100. Courses are limited to those age 50 and older.

The Fifty and Better program was designed to offer university-level courses (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for individuals age 50 and older.


Register by 3 p.m. Friday, July 23

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