Dean Dixon was the real introducer in my life to great music when he conducted the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in the 50s. I was a young boy then and got a free ticket for "the School concerts" in our famous Concert Hall. He made a great pedagogic show and introduced us to Benjamin Britten's The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra. But also - I remember - did a funny show to de-dramatize the role of the conductor. "Now I will show you the importance of the conductor", he said, starting up the Ruslan and Ludmilla overture. After a few bars he left his place, walked down and passed all the way to the back of the hall. Then he slowly re-entered, in time to close the score. "Now you have seen the importance of the conductor", he said. As you see - still a vivd memory. Thanks Dean.Just added to Dean Dixon - I owe him a huge debt by Åke Malm. Did anyone mention the lost art of the animateur?
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