Orchestra takes to the street for experiment: “Conduct Us”

Posted on: September 25, 2013

A post on Tuesday (9/24) at ClassicFM.com reads, “A New York orchestra pitched up on a street corner and simply put a sign up saying ‘Conduct Us’, and then filmed the results. Ensemble ACJW, a joint venture between New York’s Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School of music, set up this amazing video in collaboration with an organisation called Improv Everywhere. According to the video’s YouTube page, ‘Random New Yorkers who accepted the challenge were given the opportunity to conduct this world-class orchestra. The orchestra responded to the conductors, altering their tempo and performance accordingly.’ The video shows a variety of different people stopping to conduct the ensemble in a performance of the overture from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.” Charlie Todd, who directed the video, shares a detailed description of the experience at the Improv Everywhere website. Created in 2007 by Carnegie and the Juilliard School, Ensemble ACJW is a collective of young professional musicians who are fellows in a two-year program that supports them in building careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who fully engage with the communities in which they live and work.

Posted September 25, 2013