“Leading Musically: A Conversation with Lexington Symphony Music Director Jonathan McPhee”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” takes a musical foray with Lexington Symphony Music Director Jonathan McPhee in the sixth forum of the 21st season of “OPEN HOUSE”. The forum will be held on Thursday, February 18th, from 7PM-8PM, at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Jonathan McPhee is equally renowned as a conductor for symphony, ballet, and opera.  In addition to his position as Music Director for the Lexington Symphony, he is also Music Director for the Boston Ballet and Symphony New Hampshire. Last year, Mr. McPhee conducted London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as taking the Boston Ballet on a guest engagement to the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada. Previously, he served as Music Director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2011. While there, he garnered a Met-Life Award for Community Engagement in 2007 from the League of American Orchestras. In 2011, Mr. McPhee was honored with the Commonwealth Award, Massachusetts’ highest award in arts and culture.

What does it take to conduct an orchestra? How do you effectively blend disparate musicians to produce a harmonious sound? It looks easy to just wave a baton and conduct an orchestra. Is it? What is musical leadership? What are the lessons about musical leadership that can be applied to political life? Don’t miss this forum February 18th, from 7PM-8PM. As always; the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at jay.kaufman@mahouse.gov, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman.

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.