A friend of mine sent me a link to this video few days ago. It's from the 2008 TED conference in Monterey California. The speaker is Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. The topic is understanding classical music. Before you yawn and click over to the sports page of your favorite newspaper I suggest you give this video at least a few minutes. It's an education in classical music as told by, "A leading interpreter of Mahler and Beethoven [who] is known for his charisma and unyielding energy -- and for his brilliant pre-concert talks." Even if you don't have a San Francisco Symphony 2009-10 season subscription I'm willing to bet you'll this video entertaining nonetheless.