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Upbeat with Alasdair: What Does a Conductor Do, Anyway?

Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 6:30 PM MST

In person at the Community Library or broadcast online on the Festival’s website and YouTube channel


Click here to watch the broadcast from the Festival’s YouTube page. For the best viewing experience, watch from YouTube on a smart TV or streaming device—just search for Sun Valley Music Festival in the YouTube app (you may need to install the YouTube app first). Click here for more online viewing tips.

People have been using batons to “conduct” since the end of the 7th century, and the practice has become increasingly prevalent since. But why? As modern instruments developed, resulting in larger ensembles, helping musicians play together became more difficult. Conductors do that, but much more. They also shape phrases and interpret the composer’s intent. Find out how it all works, when Music Director Alasdair Neale hosts the next installment of his popular Upbeat with Alasdair speaking series, in person at the Community Library and livestreamed above on the Festival’s website and YouTube channel.

How to attend in person

Reservations are required to attend. Reserved space is currently full. Contact the Festival office at [email protected] or 208.622.5607 to be added to the waiting list.

Reserve your seats early, as space is currently limited to 100 people in the Library’s lecture hall. Reservations are accepted in the order they are received; reservations made online are received faster.

Doors open at 6:00 PM (MT). The presentation begins at 6:30 PM (MT).


The Festival is committed to bringing programming to the community safely. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is currently required by the Community Library to attend this event in the John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall (a physical vaccination card or a photo of your vaccine card are both acceptable). A recent negative test cannot be accepted as a substitute. Masks are required at all times inside the Library. Guests without proof of vaccination can watch the broadcast from a personal electronic device or from one of the Library’s public computers, outside the lecture hall.


In person at the Community Library or broadcast online on the Festival’s website and YouTube channel
415 Spruce Ave N
Ketchum, 83340 United States
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