What a conductor actually does on stage

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  • Published on:  Friday, July 20, 2018
  • It’s more than just dancing around.Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOIf you’ve ever seen an orchestra perform you’ve probably had a difficult time looking away from the person dead center on the stage – the conductor. It’s hard to miss someone as they swing their arms around pointing at the musicians that seem to be focused instead on their music stands. So what exactly is the conductor doing? We decided to ask James Gaffigan – a conductor who recently guest conducted the New York Philharmonic in Central Park – just what it is that makes a conductor so necessary and how their actions shape the performance.Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Jmart26x

     7 months ago

    im a conductor and youre watching disney channel

  • Imen

     1 months ago

    I’m not even musician and I thought this was a bit dorky. This is probably not what conductors are really like.

  • Shir ben yosef

     1 months ago

    You made me imagine it.

  • M D

     10 months ago

    I just realized I’ve never seen a female conductor

  • Ayylmao

     4 days ago

    i searched "what does a music conductor do" and the result right after this one was a woman

  • ArnoldsK

     11 days ago


  • KT

     11 months ago

    I used to play violin in school, and when my teacher would be the conductor during a performance, I would notice that my mind almost goes blank. I have the music in front of me, but I would know the songs so well that I would hardly glace at it most of the time. She was able to give me the cues so well and show me how I should be playing, it was like my fingers on the strings and my hand on the bow would play on their own. It was such a big difference to me when comparing her standing in front of us, v...

  • Bảo Đậu

     6 days ago

    so the conductor does what they need to do. got it

  • Jeff Lee

     1 months ago

    @Andrey Balandin Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEbUNDW9bDA. It's really good

  • Dragon Curve Enthusiast

     12 months ago

    I always saw it this way: The conductor plays the orchestra in the same way that each of the musicians plays their instrument.

  • American Girl Gymnast

     4 months ago

    astro. They also lead practice and lead performances like how football coaches call plays in the middle of the game

  • drmedwuast

     5 months ago

    How about: The conductor leads the orchestra in the same way that a producer leads a band in the recording studio.

  • Patrick Salvador

     12 months ago

    I thought it was the conductors role is to yell at the musicians during practice.

  • Shakthi Ganesh

     1 months ago

    Is that a reference to Whiplash ?

  • Peter Chen

     1 months ago

    @YoYo If the abuse is necessary for the music the composer's expectation. Grow up, professional musicians.

  • Burnt Gerbil

     12 months ago

    So the right hand is the metronome, and the left hand is the director. That makes sense to me.

  • Eric Fartman

     12 months ago

    If he is the bus conductor he should thank the bus driver.

  • Gilson Siqueira

     10 months ago

    wait a damn minute

  • thevioletskull

     12 months ago

    Is mayonnaise an instrument?

  • Kenny Anindio

     7 hours ago


  • Lily van der Merwe

     3 months ago

    Oh definitely

  • tortellini tentacles

     11 months ago

    I thought conductors were a wizard

  • Alex Kobsche

     3 months ago

    He‘s trying but it’s not working

  • Karl Muster

     10 months ago

    And the music comes from their wand.

  • Tsetsi

     12 months ago

    this was a very comprehensive tutorial

  • Occasionally a nerd

     7 months ago

    sthoverthere no

  • sthoverthere

     7 months ago

    I definetely feel ready for this new career path now.