Watch Leonard Bernstein show what a great conductor can do without using his hands

April 22, 2014

If you're like me, you like watching conductors. But as you're taking in the action from your seat in the audience, you're only seeing a fraction of what's actually going on.

Jumping around and waving arms aside, a conductor can often provide musicians with a wealth of information simply by the expression on his or her face. 

Photo: Leonard Bernstein conducts with facial expressions thumbnail

But check out how the maestro pulls amazing music out of his orchestra in this video without lifting a finger.

For more, check out CBC Music’s “19 Epic Examples of Conductor Face.”

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