Maestro Hangen: American conductor Bruce Hangen is known for his organizational leadership, musical versatility and creative programming. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Boston Pops for 20 years and is now Artistic Director and Conductor of the Orchestra of Indian Hill and Director of Orchestral Activities of the Boston Conservatory. Formerly Music Director of the Portland and Omaha Symphony Orchestras, Hangen also was the founder and conductor of the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre, and has held titled positions with the orchestras of Denver, Kansas City, Utah, Syracuse and Buffalo. Maestro Hangen has guested throughout North America as well as Taiwan and Japan and has conducted a wide variety of opera, dance and music theater productions as well as contemporary music scores and orchestral pops concerts. A student of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, Bruce Hangen brings depth and joy to all his music-making.
The Program: Maestro Hangen will lead us in an exploration of leadership in music, based on his broad experience assembling and conducting orchestras. Through a combination of fun, interactive exercises, analysis of conducting styles from Toscanini to Bernstein and attendance of a real orchestral rehearsal, we will get a window into the parallels of orchestral and business leadership. We will attend a rehearsal of the Indian Hill Orchestra on Thursday evening and we will also be invited (optional) to attend the performance of Life, Love and Legacy featuring soloist Britt Brown on Saturday January 18.
The New Groton Inn
We will meet in the recently completed resurrection of a classic New England Inn. After the 333-year-old original Inn was destroyed by fire in 2011, a group of local investors began planning its replacement and the result is spectacular. Warm fires, panoramic views of Gibbet Hill, and an award winning restaurant, the “Forge and Vine”.