Area Musician Unsure if Conductor Highly Musical, or Endangered California Condor

NEW YORK, NY -- Alighted on his podium in front of the orchestra, in full view of the stage and the audience, the brooding and lofty conductor provides every musical gesture to guide an opera performance from beginning to end. Despite never making a musical sound, the conductor may be the single biggest factor determining the unique style of an opera. However, during a recent rehearsal at the famed Metropolitan Opera House, one Area Musician was left wondering whether he was witnessing the breathtaking musical gestures of a maestro in full command of his powers, or the graceful wing flaps of an endangered California Condor.

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