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Bernie Sanders, orchestra conductor

February 22, 2016 by norman lebrecht

17 comments.


Not quite Haitink, but getting there.

Bernie Sanders speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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Comments (17)

  1. Olassus says:

    He is saying the right things, but as of this morning Hillary has 500 delegates to Bernie’s 70 — and that is all that counts:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/democratic_delegate_count.html

    Even if he were to become president tomorrow, the Executive Branch has only 33% of the power in the U.S.

    Only reform of Congress — which is extremely unlikely — could effect the systemic changes Sanders talks of.

    So he might as well go into conducting for all the difference he can make.

    1. C.Czaja Sager says:

      Your ‘Deep State’ the MIC has the mega trillions, the 66 %….
      and the best banksters in the world, the ‘Fed’ Reserve…………infinite money !

  2. Carmen says:

    He’s great! I’d play beautifully for him in a heartbeat!

  3. Pedro says:

    No baton. More Masur and Boulez than Haitink then. But still alive.

    1. Jim says:

      Boulez never used a baton either.

      1. M2N2K says:

        Which is exactly pedro’s point.

  4. Aslanis says:

    The arts under this person would have a horrible effect. It would be a sad day for not-for-profits. And does his rhetoric say anything about funding the arts after everyone else is taken care of? I don’t think so. People would care less about giving to the arts more than ever.

    1. Doug says:

      Exactly. Moving to 78% tax rate will KILL philanthropy in the United States. And unless your city orchestra finds itself on the Washington DC “approved” list for subsidy, you can kiss live classical music good-bye.

    2. Keane Southard says:

      Bernie says he’s a definite supporter of the arts:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqEzzp29mhs

      And likes Beethoven:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL3gn9FCJNE

      1. Olassus says:

        He and Vladimir, that other lefty.

  5. Jp says:

    It is not far from Herbert Blomstedt style, but not the same repertoire !

  6. Sasha says:

    What are you saying? He is way more expressive than Haitink!

  7. Marc says:

    It would’ve been nice if you’d credited the source of that video. It was on the second installment of the perfectly wonderful new weekly satirical program on TBS hosted by Daily Show alum Samantha Bee: Full Frontal. It’s on Monday evenings and has already become a must-watch.

  8. Neil van der Linden says:

    It doesn’t tell all. Condoleezza Rice was a not bad pianist.

  9. Marg says:

    Very cleverly done and gave me a good laugh over my morning coffee!

  10. Jim says:

    Markedly more clear and easier to follow than the last conductor I played under.

  11. Neil van der Linden says:

    Training as next conductor in chief.


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