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Orchestras react better to men, conductor Vasily Petrenko says
Orchestras react better to men, conductor Vasily Petrenko says

Conductor Vasily Petrenko has caused a stir in the classical music world, telling a Norwegian newspaper that orchestras "react better when they have a man in front of them" and a woman wielding the baton could make for a sexual distraction. "A cute girl on a podium means that musicians think about other things," Petrenko, the principal conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, told Aftenposten. He added that "when women have families, it becomes difficult to be as dedicated as is demanded in the business." Petrenko comments come as a woman, Marin Alsop, for the first time will conduct Britain’s Last Night of the Proms. Alsop is the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and...

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