Omnibus: The Art of Conducting

The historic Omnibus series, broadcast live during American television’s Golden Age, brought intelligence to the medium by utilizing it as an accessible teaching tool. Leonard Bernstein’s presentations on seven of the programs (which were also scripted by him and introduced by Alistair Cooke), were Omnibus highlights. The telegenic Lenny, already regarded as a musical superstar, had an innate understanding of the electronic medium. These programs illustrate his love of teaching and his extraordinary talent at communicating music master classes to the general public. In this fascinating episode of the series, Lenny masterfully explains the mysterious world of symphony orchestra conductors, offering a glimpse at the basic techniques and differing styles of conducting, as well as the endless variety of shadings that the orchestra conductor can elicit.

48 minutes

Shown at

  1. 19th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2011

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