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"Art is above politics": Noseda, the NSO's new maestro

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 02:33

For Gianandrea Noseda, the new music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, ''The language of the art,'' makes it ''easy to communicate with everybody.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: For Gianandrea Noseda said, "Art is above politics." Noseda who he became the seventh music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C, told Reuters, "I am not saying I am any more important than any politician, but because of the language of the art, it is so easy to communicate with everybody," he said. The 53-year native of Milan has served as Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino since 2007 also serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He said, conducting just looks easy. "It looks like an easy job because you just wave your hands," he said. But he said when facing an orechestra , "I need everything they have, their hands, their breath. This is the job of the conductor." And there is the ego. "There is an element of ego -- being a conductor -- otherwise you would never be a conductor," he said. "But -- this ego will also be used to serve the music. So it is a sort of paradox. You have to be a little bit charismatic -- but you have to be a servant," he said. As for what he considers a success, Noseda explained: "If one second you get goosebumps -- that concert deserved to be played."

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"Art is above politics": Noseda, the NSO's new maestro

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 02:33