Jessica Gethin: dare to be different
Duration: 32 minutes
Released: 5 February, 2019
If you have a pair of Converse sneakers, it's time to put them on. Why? I’ll tell you in a moment. But first, have you heard of the bloke Vasily Petrenko?
He’s a Russian conductor who sparked controversy when he said orchestras respond better to male conductors because men can focus on the music, instead of other things... if you know what I mean.
He didn’t stop there. He also claimed when female conductors have families it’s difficult for them to be as dedicated as they need to be. Wow! Before you ask, he does have a daughter.
With attitudes like these, it’d take a strong woman to make it as a conductor. We’re about to meet one. Jessica Gethin is the chief conductor at Perth Symphony Orchestra. The mother-of-two is daring to be different, even wearing Converse sneakers on the podium.
Let’s have a good chat with Jessica Gethin, a woman to inspire my daughter.
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