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Glenn Langdon leads the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra during their perofrmance of "The Angelic Sounds of Christmas" concert at the St. Joseph Church Complex in Gretna on Sunday< December 9, 2012. Glenn Langdon, pianist and LPO guest conducts, defeats injury to play again. Music as the No. 1 medicine.
The interactive blackboard quiz of the Making of an American Conductor.

The Circus Comes to Town pt. 1

“Just keep your arms by your side and don’t do anything to try to help me,” said the thin, petite circus performer in a pronounced Russian accent as she was explaining what would be happening during that evening’s performance. She and her husband were going to do a magic act with me to begin the second half of the program. Feeling the laser beam intensity of her steely blue eyes, I instantly understood that they had done this trick many times before, and they didn’t need any help on my part to do it. I was to just stand there.

Just stand there and do nothing.

I was conducting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in a program entitled Cirque de la Symphonie. A touring group of circus performers have developed an impressive act which utilizes symphonic music while they perform in front of the orchestra. The acts feature jugglers, contortionists, aerialists, feats of eye-popping balance and strength, and a bit of magic. The music is chosen to roughly mirror the stylistic and emotional qualities of the acts themselves.

Cover of the score of Finlandia

Title cover of Sibelius' Finlandia

Finlandia flashback

Later this month I conduct a program with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra which includes the Sibelius symphonic poem, Finlandia. As part of my preparation, I did a quick search of YouTube to see and hear some video clips of the piece being performed live. I was delighted when I found an old black and white clip with the New York Philharmonic led by Leonard Bernstein.