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The transformative power of classical music

Benjamin Zander

Benjamin Zander

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

 

A leading interpreter of Mahler and Beethoven, Benjamin Zander is known for his charisma and unyielding energy — and for his brilliant pre-concert talks.

Why you should listen

Since 1979, Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. He is known around the world as both a guest conductor and a speaker on leadership — and he’s been known to do both in a single performance. He uses music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues.

His provocative ideas about leadership are rooted in a partnership with Rosamund Stone Zander, with whom he co-wrote The Art of Possibility

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Within the Art of Tai Chi, listening is a fundamental part.

We first have to learn to listen to our own body mind then we learn to listen and understand others.

Noticing how similar or different, our body minds are, we get to open up a vast amount of possibility’s for ourselves and others.

Listening to what Benjamin says about learning to play music is the same principles in learning to play Tai Chi, first we take baby steps and put a lot of effort into each note (movement) then we ease of a bit and let each note (movement) help the last one on its way and the next one begin, softening and melding them together,  stringing them together as small individual tunes (sets) then we let go and allow the notes to speak for themselves and form joyful harmonies together as one.

In Tai Chi we learn to move together in a group as one but still individuals each moving as their body mind performs the same movement together but in their own way making a wonderful orchestrated movement of none doing.

Angie Wood

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