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Speaker/Host: James Villani

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In this class, Manassas Symphony Orchestra Conductor James Villani will discuss the theme of the May 7 concert, Reflection and Hope, and present an overview of the job of orchestral conductor, including details that audiences may not be aware of. He will answer questions such as: What does a conductor really do? Have there always been conductors? What do all of those motions mean? What does the conductor’s music look like? How do you read a score? Plus any others that you’ve always wanted to ask.

James Villani has been music director of the Manassas Symphony Orchestra since 2002. He has led the MSO to become one of the finest community service orchestras in the country, winning the American Prize for Orchestral Performance, Community Division, in 2015 and the Seefeld Award for Excellence in 2019. Born in Western Pennsylvania, Maestro Villani studied music at Penn State University, where he earned bachelor's degrees in clarinet performance and music education, and Northwestern University, earning a master's degree in conducting. As a long-time advocate for continuing adult music education and volunteerism in the arts, Mr. Villani has been involved in community musical organizations since coming to Northern Virginia in 1986. He was associate conductor and clarinetist for the Reston Chamber Orchestra for 10 years and has been involved with many other area performances. He is an active judge and clinician for local music festivals and competitions.

Vaccination or Negative Test Required
Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result is required for all audience members at this event. Face coverings are required. Read the full policy.