Bernie Sanders, orchestra conductor

Bernie Sanders, orchestra conductor


norman lebrecht

February 22, 2016

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)

photo: AP


  • 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:

    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.

    • 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 !

  • Carmen says:

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

  • Pedro says:

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

  • 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.

  • Jp says:

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

  • Sasha says:

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

  • 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.

  • Neil van der Linden says:

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

  • Marg says:

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

  • Jim says:

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

  • Neil van der Linden says:

    Training as next conductor in chief.