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Wednesday, September 11 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Classical Talks

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Get first-hand insight into the craft, dedication, and artistry of making music in our TED-style Classical Talks.

10:00 – 10:18 am: "History of the Harp" with NSO Harpist Adriana Horne
Join Principal Harp of the National Symphony Orchestra, Adriana Horne, for a short history of the pedal harp. Learn how the harp developed from a simple instrument to the pedal harp seen in modern orchestras. Demonstrations will accompany the presentation.

10:20 – 10:38 am: "What Does a Conductor Actually Do?" with Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor
Ankush Kumar Bahl, former Assistant Conductor of the NSO, will answer this question and more! Learn about how a conductor first breaks into the field, builds a career, and what a “normal” work week looks like. The audience will also learn about the different hats a conductor may wear, including how we study music, choose repertoire, and what it means to be an assistant conductor.

10:40 – 10:58 am: "Preparing the Chorus" with Scott Tucker, Artistic Director, The Choral Arts Society
Scott Tucker, Artistic Director of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, will explore such topics as; 1) how to bring the best out of a group of volunteer singers, 2) what is it like to prepare a chorus for an orchestral conductor, and 3) what is involved in singing in an unfamiliar language. Hear behind the scenes accounts from one of DC's longest standing choruses about its many collaborations with the NSO and international artists, and experience first hand the thrill of producing a perfect unison sound.

11:00 – 11:18 am: "The Power of Music" with Daniel Bowen, Artistic Director, Symphony 21
Composer and activist artist Daniel Bowen, is passionate about the Power of Music and its role
in society. In this interactive talk, Daniel will explore how the future of music technology and
sound will reshape the world as we know it today, and how his local movement, Symphony 21,
is using these tools to inspire youth and unite communities. The talk will conclude with a
multimedia performance from pianist Daniel Bowen and accompanying artists Robin Fay Massie, Adelya Shagidullina, and Tim Thulson.

11:20 – 11:30 am: Q&A with all presenters

Wednesday September 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
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