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    Hey People,
    Ever imagined if the conductors conducting the orchestra on the stage were females? What are your views about female conductors? I'm curious to find out.

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    No problem. It's not weightlifting so I don't see why women shouldn't be able to do it just as well as men. There are excellent female composers these days and there have always been excellent female musicians, so there's no reason why there shouldn't be excellent female conductors as well.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    ... there's no reason why there shouldn't be excellent female conductors as well.
    There are excellent female conductors - Marin Alsop to name just one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Marchant View Post
    There are excellent female conductors - Marin Alsop to name just one.
    I know. I mean that there's no reason why there shouldn't be any iconic names of the stature of a Muti, Abbado or Levine.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    We had a couple of threads that touched on this topic- there was this one, where it got kind of lively (primarily due to discussion relevant composers, and not conductors), and this one.

    I've heard performances where Margaret Hillis deputized for otherwise ill conductors in Chicago- and I've heard Catherine Comet conduct live at that same venue. Surprisingly, my moderately-sized collection of CDs didn't contain any performances by female conductors until I added the London Symphony Orchestra recordings of Gimastera's Panambí & Estancia, conducted by Gisèle Ben-Dor- picked up by Naxos.

    This is probably an unworkable fantasy- but I'd sure like to run the experiment- see if we could perform the conductor-equivalent of a screened audition. Maybe, after a fashion, we can- shuffle a critically acclaimed version of a recording by (say) Marin Alsop among 2 or 3 other versions esteemed in a parallel manner, by other conductors leading similar-quality orchestras. but without identifying which version's attached to which conductor. I suspect that it would withstand scrutiny.
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    I recently attended a performance with a female conductor, Anu Tali. The performance was wonderful! Very moving.

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    Marin Alsop, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Haven't actually been to a concert to see her conduct, but I might soon.
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    The Sydney-based Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra has Sarah Grace Williams as it's chief conductor, and I have seen them a number of times this year. I think she's pretty good, and for a young person has got a lot of experience under her belt, conducting many of the major orchestras in Australia.

    Another more famous Australian conductor, who has worked all over the world, is Simone Young. I've never seen her in concert, but she has a busy schedule internationally and has made a number of acclaimed recordings.

    Another one is the British Sian Edwards, who was also prominent in the '90's, but I guess that she must still be working. Another one I've heard on cd is Dalia Atlas, she has some stuff out on Naxos and Marco Polo, I believe.

    & don't forget some of the excellent women who are second in charge of many orchestras. Here in Australia, we have the Australian Chamber Orchestra's Helena Rathbone, who is second in charge and no less prominent than leader Richard Tognetti. & I've also been to many recitals of our very own "Trioz," made up of Kathryn Selby (piano), Nikki Vasilakis (violin) and Emma Jane Murphy (cello). These three women are among the best chamber musicians in this country. So there's a lot of excellent female musicians working in classical music today, right across the spectrum...

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    I was going to nominate Simone Young as well. She was (is?) the artistic director of the Frankfurt Opera.
    I've played under Sarah Grace Williams. Dvorak 6. She knows her stuff.
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    I've played under Joann Faletta and Dalia Atlas.Both are very gifted.
    The Chinese Xian Jiang(I hope I'm spelling her name right) has come to prominence recently.She was associate conductor of the New York Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel and was recently named music director of one of Italy's leading symphony orchestras,I'm not sure which one,but I believe the one in Milan named after Toscanini.

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