If you walked pass a sign saying ‘Conduct Us’, would you be able to resist?! The ACJW Ensemble (a collaboration between Carnegie Hall and The Julliard School of Music) were conducted by whoever was brave and bold enough to approach the conductor’s podium. Performing Mozart’s familiar Marriage of Figaro, they obeyed the commands of these unconventional conductors faithfully, being true to tempo and dynamics.
Each conductor displayed enthusiasm and their unconventional approaches did not go amiss. Even a local security officers had got involved finishing his performance “That’s it y’all! I’ve got a job to do!” Both the crowd and the ensemble had fun in equal measures.
For those who question the conductors position and their existence within an ensemble, this video demonstrates perfectly that a conductor has command of his/her musical army and a great conductor has the ability to demonstrate great understanding of the piece of music being played. The ensemble should also be commended. Their impeccable ability to follow novice conductors and perform a piece in an unorthodox environment also demonstrates their skill and discipline. After sounding fabulous in rehearsal, they were able to surpass this with their performance in the streets of New York City.
This is one of over 100 different missions Improv Everywhere has executed over the past ten years in New York City.