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

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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.

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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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