Happy Talk From The Podium

It used to be that conductors proved themselves with their music. Nowadays, writes Sarah Bryan Miller, many conductors seem more at ease schmoozing with their audiences than showing insight in their music. “The younger ones, in particular, have grown up with the idea that they should be as comfortable chatting – on radio, on television, to an audience – as actually leading an orchestra. Besides, conductors are not, as a breed, short on ego. Nattering from the podium seems, for many of the more egregious practitioners, to be just another way of hogging the spotlight.”