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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 9:46 pm    Post subject: Bush Conducts and Impresses Orchestra Reply with quote

Bush Conducts and Impresses Orchestra

Monday May 14, 2007 2:46 AM

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JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) - JoAnn Falletta was doing what a conductor should - concentrating on the orchestra in front of her. No wonder it took her a few seconds on Sunday to realize someone behind her was motioning for a try. President Bush.

``Smiling at me kind of devilishly,'' Falletta said.

She gave him her baton and stepped aside.

Gesturing exuberantly, the president led the orchestra during part of its performance of ``Stars and Stripes Forever.''

``We didn't expect him to know the score so well,'' Falletta said afterward. ``He was not shy about conducting at all. He conducted with a great deal of panache.''

That was the music played for Bush's exit after his speech at a ceremony commemorating the founding 400 years ago of Jamestown, America's first permanent English settlement.

Just before the music ended, Bush turned to Falletta, who stood on a step below him, kissed the top of her head and left without saying a word.

The 400-strong orchestra was made up of about 50 members of the Virginia Symphony, plus musicians from youth orchestras around the country. The switch in conductors was impromptu, said Falletta, the symphony's music director.

``I think he may have just been seized by the desire to conduct the orchestra,'' she said.

Falletta did not spot Bush until alerted by a musician.

``I'm embarrassed now that I didn't notice him, but I was just thinking of the music,'' she said.

Bush stepped onto the podium and took over.

The musicians were impressed by how musical Bush was, Falletta said. ``He was cueing the brass, he was cueing the percussion, he kept the tempo going,'' she said.

Bill Fearnside, a violinist with the Virginia Symphony, put down his instrument and picked up a camera to record the moment.

``It was a little shocking, but it was fun,'' Fearnside said.



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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's cool. I wonder if he had ever conducted before.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sure hope he is not back on the bottle. But whatever, it works. He is up 10 points over the past couple of months.

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good for Dubya! What a great story!!

Come on, guys... Haven't you ever been seized for the urge to conduct the orchestra? :wink:

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