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Exploring The Art of Possibility

What can classical music tell us about business and leadership? In the hands of Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the power and spirit of the music translate into much more than a listening experience—one that inspires people to look inward and approach life with new gusto.

Zander will give a special presentation called “Experiencing the Art of Possibility” at Bowling Green State University at 8pm January 20 in Kobacker Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Admission is free. 

Based on his best-selling book, "The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life," co-written with his wife, psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander, the talk has been given to corporate executives around the world to rave reviews. The energetic, highly entertaining presentation involves audience participation, musical demonstrations and singing.

Zander’s visit is part of BGSU’s Dorothy and DuWayne Hansen Musical Arts Series and is jointly sponsored by the College of Musical Arts and the College of Business Administration.

Dr. Richard Kennell, dean of the College of Musical Arts, explained, “The goal of this series is to provide opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across campus and throughout the region by bringing major national figures to Bowling Green. Benjamin Zander is a perfect choice, blending his expertise as a major conductor with his message of creative management that applies across a broad spectrum of professions and disciplines.”

“Zander draws parallels between the conductor of an orchestra and the CEO of a company, in the most unforgettable and entertaining way possible,” according to Russell Loubser, CEO of JSE Securities Exchange.

In Zander’s model of leadership, the conductor sees his job as awakening possibility in others, coaching and teaching musicians to liberate their expressiveness, and businesspeople to overcome barriers to corporate productivity.

In addition to numerous talks to those in the business world, Zander has given the keynote address at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, three times. "The Art of Possibility," published in 2000 by Harvard Business School Press and Penguin Press, has sold more than 200,000 copies in English and has been translated into 14 languages. He has been featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” among other programs.