TEDTalks : Benjamin Zander - Classical Music with Shining Eyes

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  • The conductor of an orchestra doesn't make a sound. He depends, for his power, on his ability to make other people powerful. So says the charismatic conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, Benjamin Zander. A leading interpreter of Mahler and Beethoven, Zander is known as much for his unyielding energy as he is for his brilliant pre-concert talks. Recognized around the world as both a guest conductor and a speaker on leadership, he uses music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies. In this engaging TEDTalk, Zander's opens up about classical music and our untapped love for all new possibilities, experiences, and connections. "Arguably the most accessible communicator about classical music since Leonard Bernstein, Zander moves audiences with his unbridled passion and enthusiasm," says Sue Fox from the London Sunday Times.


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  • Is Classical Music Dying? (3:57) -- All About You (2:36) -- Leading the Musical Audience (4:12) -- Envisioning the Long Line (4:04) -- Classical Music is for Everybody (2:17) -- Who am I Being if Their Eyes are Not Shining? (3:18) -- Credits: Classical Music with Shining Eyes (0:04)
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