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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Symphony conductor John Farrer said he believes music lives on from one generation to the next. He believes Mozart's pieces still speak to us today, directly to our hearts, in a way that's impossible to describe.
Sitting in a theater, surrounded by the music of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, will have an effect on you, simulcast host Scott Cox said.
Farrer joined Cox Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox" and talked about his new job after he steps down from the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra following the 2013-2014 season.
Farrer was appointed president of the Conductors Guild, an organization devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art of conducting and to serving the artistic and professional needs of conductors.
"It's an honor to be elected by all my colleagues for this new position," Farrer said. There are more than 1,600 members representing all 50 states along with conductors from more than 30 other countries.
"So basically there are people all over the country that think you are perfect?" Cox asked Farrer.
Humbled, Farrer nodded and said he looks forward to advocating for conductors.
But before he takes on his new role, Farrer will lead the symphony in the "Nutcracker Ballet" in December. This will be his 130th performance of the ballet.
Cox wished Farrer luck and said the next symphony conductor will have very big shoes to fill.