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Conductors Guild The International Conductors Guild is the only international nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and profession of music conducting.

The Conductors Guild is the only international nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and profession of music conducting.

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Wagner's opera Tannhäuser was premiered in the Königliches Hoftheater Dresden on October 19,  1845, conducted by the com...
10/20/2021

Wagner's opera Tannhäuser was premiered in the Königliches Hoftheater Dresden on October 19, 1845, conducted by the composer. The picture is the design for act 3 by Max and Otthold Brückner for Bayreuth. Check out The Overture to the opera conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada with the hr-Sinfonieorchester. https://youtu.be/mU4RVrJ-SRg

Wagner's opera Tannhäuser was premiered in the Königliches Hoftheater Dresden on October 19, 1845, conducted by the composer. The picture is the design for act 3 by Max and Otthold Brückner for Bayreuth. Check out The Overture to the opera conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada with the hr-Sinfonieorchester. https://youtu.be/mU4RVrJ-SRg

October 15, 1905 was the premiere of Debussy's La Mer by the  Orchestre Lamoureux under the direction of Camille Chevill...
10/15/2021

October 15, 1905 was the premiere of Debussy's La Mer by the Orchestre Lamoureux under the direction of Camille Chevillard. It was not well received initially; Pierre Lalo, critic of Le Temps, wrote, "I do not hear, I do not see, I do not smell the sea". Check out a performance of La Mer conducted by Bernard Haitink with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. https://youtu.be/fe1pB9KqHRg

October 15, 1905 was the premiere of Debussy's La Mer by the Orchestre Lamoureux under the direction of Camille Chevillard. It was not well received initially; Pierre Lalo, critic of Le Temps, wrote, "I do not hear, I do not see, I do not smell the sea". Check out a performance of La Mer conducted by Bernard Haitink with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. https://youtu.be/fe1pB9KqHRg

On October 8th in 1897 Mahler was officially appointed as Director of the Vienna Hofoper (now the Vienna Staatsoper). At...
10/08/2021

On October 8th in 1897 Mahler was officially appointed as Director of the Vienna Hofoper (now the Vienna Staatsoper). At 38, he was the youngest director the opera had ever had, and faced a lot of criticism due to his age. Here is a cartoon of Mahler's conducting stye as printed in the Fliegende Blätter from 1901.

On October 8th in 1897 Mahler was officially appointed as Director of the Vienna Hofoper (now the Vienna Staatsoper). At 38, he was the youngest director the opera had ever had, and faced a lot of criticism due to his age. Here is a cartoon of Mahler's conducting stye as printed in the Fliegende Blätter from 1901.

Today is the 100th anniversary of  Engelbert Humperdinck death, best known for his opera Hänsel und Gretel! A masterpiec...
09/27/2021

Today is the 100th anniversary of Engelbert Humperdinck death, best known for his opera Hänsel und Gretel! A masterpiece of Wagnerian compositional technique woven through with German folksong, it was chosen as the first opera ever to be broadcast by the Metropolitan Opera. Check it out here with the Wiener Philharmoniker with Georg Solti conducting.

https://youtu.be/JnMEI4aoUfo

Today is the 100th anniversary of Engelbert Humperdinck death, best known for his opera Hänsel und Gretel! A masterpiece of Wagnerian compositional technique woven through with German folksong, it was chosen as the first opera ever to be broadcast by the Metropolitan Opera. Check it out here with the Wiener Philharmoniker with Georg Solti conducting.

https://youtu.be/JnMEI4aoUfo

Happy Birthday to the incomparable Anna Netrebko! Here's a performance of Quando me'n vo' at the Gala Concert  for the 3...
09/18/2021

Happy Birthday to the incomparable Anna Netrebko! Here's a performance of Quando me'n vo' at the Gala Concert for the 300 years of St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra _Yuri Temirkanov conducting
https://youtu.be/m1_BKpgUG4I

Happy Birthday to the incomparable Anna Netrebko! Here's a performance of Quando me'n vo' at the Gala Concert for the 300 years of St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra _Yuri Temirkanov conducting
https://youtu.be/m1_BKpgUG4I

It's LIVE and it's IN PERSON!This year's International Conductors Guild Conference will be held January 12-15, 2022 in c...
09/08/2021

It's LIVE and it's IN PERSON!

This year's International Conductors Guild Conference will be held January 12-15, 2022 in collaboration with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra!

Save the Date - More info coming soon!

It's LIVE and it's IN PERSON!

This year's International Conductors Guild Conference will be held January 12-15, 2022 in collaboration with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra!

Save the Date - More info coming soon!

Happy 180th birthday Antonín Leopold Dvořák! Born this day in 1841 he is known for using the rhythms and melodies of the...
09/08/2021

Happy 180th birthday Antonín Leopold Dvořák! Born this day in 1841 he is known for using the rhythms and melodies of the music of Moravia and his native Bohemia in his compositions. Check out this performance of his 9th Symphony by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducting.

https://youtu.be/jOofzffyDSA

Happy 180th birthday Antonín Leopold Dvořák! Born this day in 1841 he is known for using the rhythms and melodies of the music of Moravia and his native Bohemia in his compositions. Check out this performance of his 9th Symphony by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducting.

https://youtu.be/jOofzffyDSA

September is Classical Music Month! Celebrate your organizations that bring classical music to your community.
09/03/2021

September is Classical Music Month! Celebrate your organizations that bring classical music to your community.

September is Classical Music Month! Celebrate your organizations that bring classical music to your community.

We learned of the death of Maestro James Orent this week.  James was a highly experienced conductor, avid pilot and skyd...
08/27/2021

We learned of the death of Maestro James Orent this week. James was a highly experienced conductor, avid pilot and skydiver. Debuting at 18 conducting Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, he performed in 14 countries as a conductor and violinist. Celebrating his 29th season as a Boston Pops violinist, guest conductor and cover conductor, he lived his dream of performing with the BSO, flying and skydiving.

Mr. Orent conducted the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, highlights included the Red Sox' 100th Anniversary Season opener at Fenway Park, MA Remembers 9/11 memorial, frequent shared concerts with colleagues Keith Lockhart and John Williams, coordinating astronaut Buzz Aldrin's 40th anniversary celebration of his Apollo 11 lunar landing, and nationally televised appearances at the Celtics' 2010 NBA Finals and two Red Sox World Series Championship celebrations. He held the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, US Parachute Association's Advanced Skydiver License, earned the Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest Recipient 8-way award from 14,000 feet over New England, and is a member of "POPS," the "Parachutists Over Phorty Society." He flew his 1977 Cessna Cardinal RG aircraft to engagements across the eastern US. Mr. Orent lectured to musicians, pilots, skydivers and public speakers on Performance Anxiety/ Performance Enhancement through his Fearless Living Seminars. Born in Boston, James M. Orent graduated Magna Cum Laude, Amherst College, studied conducting with Charles Bruck and Otto Werner Mueller. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

We learned of the death of Maestro James Orent this week. James was a highly experienced conductor, avid pilot and skydiver. Debuting at 18 conducting Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, he performed in 14 countries as a conductor and violinist. Celebrating his 29th season as a Boston Pops violinist, guest conductor and cover conductor, he lived his dream of performing with the BSO, flying and skydiving.

Mr. Orent conducted the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, highlights included the Red Sox' 100th Anniversary Season opener at Fenway Park, MA Remembers 9/11 memorial, frequent shared concerts with colleagues Keith Lockhart and John Williams, coordinating astronaut Buzz Aldrin's 40th anniversary celebration of his Apollo 11 lunar landing, and nationally televised appearances at the Celtics' 2010 NBA Finals and two Red Sox World Series Championship celebrations. He held the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, US Parachute Association's Advanced Skydiver License, earned the Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest Recipient 8-way award from 14,000 feet over New England, and is a member of "POPS," the "Parachutists Over Phorty Society." He flew his 1977 Cessna Cardinal RG aircraft to engagements across the eastern US. Mr. Orent lectured to musicians, pilots, skydivers and public speakers on Performance Anxiety/ Performance Enhancement through his Fearless Living Seminars. Born in Boston, James M. Orent graduated Magna Cum Laude, Amherst College, studied conducting with Charles Bruck and Otto Werner Mueller. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Happy Birthday Leonard Bernstein! The composer and conductor was the first American Conductor to achieve international f...
08/25/2021

Happy Birthday Leonard Bernstein! The composer and conductor was the first American Conductor to achieve international fame. Check out his video of Bernstein talking about conducting. https://youtu.be/XeP_dsGoImw

Happy Birthday Leonard Bernstein! The composer and conductor was the first American Conductor to achieve international fame. Check out his video of Bernstein talking about conducting. https://youtu.be/XeP_dsGoImw

We mourn the loss of this giant today. 🙏🏻
08/21/2021

We mourn the loss of this giant today. 🙏🏻

It is with a breaking heart that we inform you that Michael Morgan, Music Director and Conductor of Oakland Symphony since 1991, died peacefully today, August 20, 2021 at Oakland Kaiser where he had been admitted last week for an infection. He was 63.


In May of this year, Michael Morgan underwent successful kidney transplant surgery at UCSF. He resumed conducting last month for the San Francisco Symphony and Bear Valley Music Festival.

Michael was born in Washington, D.C., where he attended public schools and began conducting at the age of 12. While a student at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, he spent a summer at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, studying with Gunther Schuller and Seiji Ozawa. He first worked with Leonard Bernstein during that same summer. His operatic debut was in 1982 at the Vienna State Opera, conducting Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. In 1986, Sir Georg Solti chose him to become the Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for seven years under both Solti and Daniel Barenboim. In 1986, he was invited by Leonard Bernstein to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic. As guest conductor, Morgan has appeared with most of America’s major orchestras, as well as the New York City Opera, St. Louis Opera Theater, and Washington National Opera.

In addition to his duties with the Oakland Symphony, Maestro Morgan served as Artistic Director of Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, Music Director at Bear Valley Music Festival, and Music Director of Gateways Music Festival. He was Music Director Emeritus of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera and was on the boards of Oaktown Jazz Workshops and the Purple Silk Music Education Foundation.


In 2020, he began an association with the San Francisco Symphony as the first curator of their Currents online series, and he recently led the Orchestra on July 23 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco in what the San Francisco Chronicle’s Joshua Kosman said, “Some conductors use a guest appearance with a major orchestra as an opportunity to show what they can do. Michael Morgan uses it to show what the orchestra can do. I like his way better.”

His programming engaged new audiences and many returned for subsequent concerts. Notable personalities like W. Kamau Bell and Dolores Huerta were invited to share the “Playlist” of music that shaped their lives and values. Michael’s “Notes From…” concerts explored the music and musicians of such specific communities as Vietnam, Korea, Native American and LGBTQ+. “Lost Romantics” gave deserving, neglected works of the late 19th century a new hearing. And “American Masterworks” presented performances of such seminal stage works as “West Side Story,” “Candide,” “Street Scene,” “Porgy and Bess,” and “Show Boat.” The San Francisco Chronicle proclaimed, "In his 30 years as music director of the Oakland Symphony, Morgan has made that orchestra a vibrant hotbed for innovative programming.”


"Our entire organization is grieving a profound loss,” Jim Hasler, the Symphony’s Board Chair said. “Michael’s impact on our community and the national orchestra field cannot be overstated - and he has left us too soon. We have been blessed over the past 30 years, as Michael built the foundations of an Oakland Symphony dedicated to diversity, education, artistic collaboration and a celebration of music across genres and cultures. His vision of orchestras as service organizations was a beacon locally and nationally. This vision is his legacy, and the Oakland Symphony, Chorus and Youth Orchestra will renew his commitment for years to come.”

“This is a terribly sad moment for everyone in the Oakland Symphony family. We have lost our guiding father,” said Executive Director Mieko Hatano. “Michael’s plans and ambitions were set for several seasons to come. He made his Orchestra socially authentic, demanded equality, and he made his Orchestra our orchestra. He fashioned a unique, informed artistic profile that attracted one of the most diverse audiences in the nation. His music reflected his beliefs: reverence for the past, attuned to the future, rooted in his adopted home of Oakland. His spirit will always guide the enduring future of the Oakland Symphony.”


Michael Morgan is survived by his mother Mabel Morgan, and sister Jacquelyn Morgan. A memorial service will be announced in the near future.

If you would like to give in support of Michael Morgan and his legacy, please visit oaksym.org/donate

*Photo Courtesy of the SF Symphony

Happy 63rd birthday to composer and conductor Tan Dun! He is known for his stunning compositions, including his newest w...
08/18/2021

Happy 63rd birthday to composer and conductor Tan Dun! He is known for his stunning compositions, including his newest world premiere, "Prayer and Blessing." The composition is a response to COVID-19, and is designed to be played live or virtually with a changing combination of instruments. It was broadcast on the European Broadcast Union to 30 radio channels and 29 countries for the observance of UNESCO World Environment Day.

Happy 63rd birthday to composer and conductor Tan Dun! He is known for his stunning compositions, including his newest world premiere, "Prayer and Blessing." The composition is a response to COVID-19, and is designed to be played live or virtually with a changing combination of instruments. It was broadcast on the European Broadcast Union to 30 radio channels and 29 countries for the observance of UNESCO World Environment Day.

Mozart married Constanze Weber on 4 August 1782 in St. Stephen's Cathedral, the day before a letter arrived from Mozart'...
08/04/2021

Mozart married Constanze Weber on 4 August 1782 in St. Stephen's Cathedral, the day before a letter arrived from Mozart's father giving consent for the marriage. The couple had six children, only two of which survived infancy. Learn more about Mozart's life in the great biography written by Jan Swafford, "Mozart, the Reign of Love."

Mozart married Constanze Weber on 4 August 1782 in St. Stephen's Cathedral, the day before a letter arrived from Mozart's father giving consent for the marriage. The couple had six children, only two of which survived infancy. Learn more about Mozart's life in the great biography written by Jan Swafford, "Mozart, the Reign of Love."

Bach died today in 1750. Since the 19th century Bach revival, he has been considered one of the greatest composers in th...
07/28/2021

Bach died today in 1750. Since the 19th century Bach revival, he has been considered one of the greatest composers in the history of Western Music. For a little Bach today, listen to the Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major BWV 1066, by the Netherlands Bach Society. https://youtu.be/DquhZcSwrrI

Bach died today in 1750. Since the 19th century Bach revival, he has been considered one of the greatest composers in the history of Western Music. For a little Bach today, listen to the Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major BWV 1066, by the Netherlands Bach Society. https://youtu.be/DquhZcSwrrI

Ricardo Mutti is 80 years old today! Celebrate his birthday by reading this pre-birthday interview with Corriere della S...
07/28/2021

Ricardo Mutti is 80 years old today! Celebrate his birthday by reading this pre-birthday interview with Corriere della Sera about the state of conducting today. https://www.corriere.it/cronache/21_giugno_27/riccardo-muti-mi-sono-stancato-vita-direttori-gesticolano-studiano-poco-21e561d2-d6b0-11eb-94c4-73c6504e8d78.shtml

Ricardo Mutti is 80 years old today! Celebrate his birthday by reading this pre-birthday interview with Corriere della Sera about the state of conducting today. https://www.corriere.it/cronache/21_giugno_27/riccardo-muti-mi-sono-stancato-vita-direttori-gesticolano-studiano-poco-21e561d2-d6b0-11eb-94c4-73c6504e8d78.shtml

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