Meet the Conductor!

100 Musicians Led by One Conductor

At the NSO Xploring Xtremes concert, conductor Emil de Cou led 100 members of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in playing music.

Conductors develop their own ways to communicate with musicians. Some use a slender white stick called a baton (pronounced buh-TAHN) as they conduct; others do not. Some make dramatic gestures while others hardly seem to move. Generally, conductors use the right hand to tell the orchestra the tempo to play, and use their left hand to indicate dynamics.

Do you have questions about conducting, or about Classical music in general? Ask National Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Emil de Cou!

Drop us a line at editor@artsedge.kennedy-center.org with your questions or thoughts about the concert, or about symphonic music in general. We will forward them to Mr. de Cou, and post his response here!