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Gustavo Dudamel dirigiendo a la Orquesta Juvenil Simón Bolívar en Oslo, en 2010. Miguel O. Strauss/Flickr

What does an orchestra conductor really do?

What does a conductor do when they stand up and move their hands and baton? What is their role? And how has their way of leading evolved?
Aboriginal man playing violin to a group outside a tin shack, Moore River Native Settlement, Western Australia, ca. 1920. State Library of Western Australia

Fusing traditional culture and the violin: how Aboriginal musicians enhanced and maintained community in 20th century Australia

Western music was often taught to Aboriginal people as preparation for assimilation into white Australian society – but Aboriginal people continued to play the violin even when not prescribed.
Cate Blanchett plays Lydia Tár in the Oscar-nominated film ‘Tár,’ that explores power, gender and sexuality. (Focus Features)

Why we are fascinated by the Oscar-nominated ‘Tár,’ a story of rare female power in classical music

‘Tár’ shines a spotlight on the challenges of working in the ultraconservative world of classical music, including complex social issues such as misogyny, racism and homophobia.

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