Daily Conducting Lessons

Interesting discovery today. Ligetisplit, a Chicago based blogger (I think the whole question of annonymous blogging, especially in the music world, might merit a post in the near future).

 He’s started uploading clips of various conductors to YouTube with his comments on their work. Some interesting choices, including Toscanini and Bernstein, as well as Charles Latshaw, who was a student at the RCICW last week. I’m sure Charles will be more than psyched to know he’s entered the pantheon! We expect to see our students surpass us, but not after just a few days….

 In any case, and interesting example of what the YouTube technology can enable, and the power of the internet to democratize communication.

 Check it out here

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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2 comments on “Daily Conducting Lessons”

  1. clatshaw

    Hey Ken! Interestingly enough, I discovered Ligetisplit’s blog and yours both today when I searched for my own name on Google. It may interest your readers to know that I’ve posted about ten conducting snippets on YouTube in the past six months–and they’ve been viewed over 5000 times! I’m fairly certain I’m one of the very first to have posted my clips to YouTube, but some others have followed. You can also see videos from other young conductors like Tito Muñoz and Don Cabrera.

    (And I’ll stick in a plug for RCICW here)
    Thanks for the great workshop! Good times with great people.

  2. Kenneth Woods

    Hi Charles and thanks for writing in.
    Speaking of plugs, Charles has a very good website, http://www.charleslatshaw.com/, which is well worth checking out. Note that he’ll be assisting Raymond Harvey at IU Opera this week and next. Raymond was on the faculty of the RCICW in year one and was a wonderful colleague and inspiring teacher. Small world.

    Charles was very smart to get on YouTube early with his stuff. If the site survives, I’ll bet every young conductor on earth has a mini site of their stuff up within a year, and they won’t be getting 5000 views each.

    Hope the summer is treating you well, Charles.


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