Big Audacious Idea

For listeners who think boldly and beyond

Host Craig James meets with many of today’s most provocative thinkers to explore the meta-questions of life. It's 35 minutes of deep and thoughtful discussion guaranteed to feed the curious mind.

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The Magic of Music with Conductor Wilson Hermanto

Culture makes us better human beings. Music is a great example of culture. In fact, one could argue that music is a necessity—not a nicety. It’s an international language.

Creating music is an elevated act like no other. Performing music connects and bridges human differences. Witnessing a live performance is a vivid multi-sensory experience that combines venue, performer-audience connection and the music itself.

But changes in our world are making such rich human experiences harder to come by... and the future (and business) of performance art is uncertain.

In this episode, join Host Craig James and Conductor Wilson Hermanto, the Principal Guest Conductor of Cameristi della Scala. They discuss what Hermanto calls “the higher plateau” and the impact of music on humanity and the future. Listen-in

Learn more about Wilson and his work from his website and from his bio at IMG Artists.

The music playing during the interview:


Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major, Daniel Müller-Schott, cello,

Cameristi della Scala, Wilson Hermanto, Conductor

Tchaikovsky Serenade for strings in C Major op. 48,

Cameristi della Scala, Wilson Hermanto, Conductor

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Craig James

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Craig is an executive coach, writer, speaker, thought leader and modern philosopher

Will Pritts

Season Two Producer & Audio Engineer
Columbia College Chicago alum with a degree in Cinema Arts & Sciences; a lifelong Clevelander with a background in short film, features & documentaries.

Brigid Coyne

Season One Producer
With a production background stemming from her education in Literature and the Liberal Arts, Brigid loves reading books and making terrible puns.