Behind the scenes with Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s music director

Posted on: January 3, 2020

“If you’ve ever wondered what an orchestra conductor does besides waving a baton in front of a group of musicians, you can find out at an upcoming workshop,” writes Cindy Hval in Thursday’s (1/2) Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA). “On Jan. 10, Jan Pellant, artistic director and conductor of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, will lead a free seminar … open to everyone.… Topics will include the importance of a conductor, what the conductor does behind the scenes, the greatest conductors, and how a student musician can become a guest conductor of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. Pellant, a native of the Czech Republic … vividly remembers the first time he conducted. ‘I was 16 in Japan,’ he recalled. ‘I was violist with a youth orchestra and had the opportunity to conduct.’ He was hooked. ‘It’s very mystical,’ Pellant said. ‘Why do people go to live concerts? It’s because something special happens. A conductor can create a magical atmosphere.’ And the tools of his trade are not limited to a baton. ‘A conductor uses his eyes, his energy,’ he explained. ‘He creates his own sound. The worst thing a conductor can be is boring!’ ”