Cristian Macelaru
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Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru, chief conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne, Music Director Designate of the Orchestre National de France and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) at the Michigan based Interlochen Center for the Arts, will guide and inspire young musicians this summer as part of Interlochen Online’s virtual arts camp, which will take place from June 28 to July 19, 2020.

Macelaru will lead a virtual Real Life course on Interlochen Online for young musicians featuring discussions with celebrated performing artists with whom he performs regularly: Wynton Marsalis, Nicola Benedetti, Ray Chen, acclaimed Australian classical violinist; Jennifer Higdon, Emmanuel Pahud, and Jeremy Denk.

Under Macelaru’s leadership, the string section of the WDR Sinfonieorchester, will record the Final movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 for Interlochen students to listen to and practice along with, to enhance their study of the work. Additionally, Macelaru will conduct students in a virtual performance of Les Preludes, a sweeping orchestral work by Franz Liszt that has marked the conclusion of the Interlochen Arts Camp season since 1928.

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