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A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

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The New York Philharmonic's Alan Gilbert on Conducting

June 20, 2010, 2:03 PM
Alan Gilbert, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, stopped by Big Think's offices Friday afternoon to talk about his work as a conductor, about what he hears when he is conducting, and about the job of bringing disparate musical talents together toward a common goal. Gilbert, who debuted as musical director in 2009, also spoke about what it's like to conduct his mother, longtime Philharmonic violinist Yoko Takebe. He said that it's good to have someone he trusts as a sounding board, but that while he is in the midst of a performance he rarely thinks about their relationship.

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