In Laurie's blog on Celebrating Classical Music she included a video clip from the Firebird Suite played by the Chicago Symphony. I immediately noticed that the conductor did not use a baton. I was shocked but in a very good way. I personally don't like using a baton to conduct, and I don't typically use one in rehearsals. However, I have always used one in performance because I thought this was extremely standard. Now that I've seen a conductor of an major symphony not using one, I'm wondering how many of you have played under a conductor and didn't use a baton. For those of you who conduct or have conducted, what are your thoughts on batons?
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