|Maestro Lorin Maazel|
Second, of course, is the orchestra. The individual members of that orchestra and the orchestra as a unit. We are lucky in Houston to have one of the great orchestras of the world in my opinion-The Houston Symphony Orchestra.
To bring those virtuostic orchestra members together to play as a unit involves the last, but not least element that determines how great a concert experience you will have-the conductor/maestro. Some first time concert goers don't appreciate the importance that the conductor plays. The maestro must be so knowledgable in the composer, in the music of that composer that is before him, and also a knowledge of all the insturments that are being used in the score. While he may only be able to play a few of the instruments, the conductor must nevertheless understand all of the instruments. The conductor is like a football coach who has a certain game plan that gives that team a certain personality. A good coach will also make the talented athletes before him play like a unit. Just like a football coach makes his game plan by looking at the opposing team he is about to play, the conductor determines how a piece will be played by looking at the score of the music and how he thinks [by knowledge of the composer] that composer wants the piece to be played.
One of those great maestros I would like to highlight today is Maestro Lorin Maazel.
Via Wikipedia.com and Lorin Maazel's web site : Maazel was born to Jewish-American parents of Russian origin and brought up in the United States. Lorin Maazel was a child prodigy, taking his first conducting lesson at age seven and making his debut at age eight. At the age of eleven, he guest conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra on the radio. At twelve he toured America to conduct major orchestras. He made his violin debut at the age of fifteen. He later studied at the University of Pittsburgh. This man is not only brilliant in music, but also in language as he speaks six different languages, three of them fluently.
His great career has led him to many places around the world as director/conductor of some of the great orchestras: Cleveland, Vienna, France, Pittsburgh, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic.
Today, at the youthful age of 82 the Maestro is going strong being the chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. God Bless this great man. May Maestro Maazel continue to conduct the great music of the masters, for many years to come. To learn more about this great man please visit his website here.
Here is Maestro Lorin Maazel conducting Beethoven's Egmont Overture. I suggest you turn up the volume and play this video in full screen to watch one of the great conductors of all time.
L.V. Beethoven: Egmont Overture: