Archive | December, 2005

Something Not Unpleasant From The ENO

With all the drama at the ENO it was more than a little fun to enjoy watching the repeat broadcast of PBS's Great Performance: Operatunity. If you missed the broadcast, visit the Operatunity webpage at PBS and read about the program in an essay by Marc Geelhoed, the decidedly witty proprietor of Deceptively Simple... Admittedly, I’m not a fan of reality television any longer, it was interesting at first but grew stale in no time at all. The blatantly contrived American Idol show is one of the best examples of everything that [...]
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Artificial Barriers

Last week, everyone's favorite purveyor of doom and gloom, Norman Lebrecht, published a year end review of problems in the orchestra world and regardless of the fact that Norman appears to enjoy toeing the line of pessimism, he does have some very good points... In particular, I was glad to read Norman suggested that in order to cure some of the critical problems currently plaguing orchestras, they needed to begin thinking a little more dynamically. For example, he suggested that in order to help treat the problems of limited exposure, orchestra managers [...]
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The Cure For Messiah Burnout

The Cure For Messiah Burnout

For all of the managers, musicians, and patrons out there who are sick to death of Messiah performances (not to mention Nutcracker shows) here’s a little something to make you smile and realize the value in attending live concerts. It should also appeal to the NASCAR crowd out there who go to racing events with the hope of seeing a crash.

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All Four One And One Four All

Although this doesn’t mean I’d jump off a bridge if everyone else does, I am going to play a round of Meme of Four (which now has a long lineage among the usual blogging suspects)... Four jobs you've had in your life (not in chronological order): Tuba player in a German Band (fortunately there wasn't any lederhosen involved, only a Loden Huete and lots of beer between sets) Orchestra Consultant First Mate Conductor Four movies you could watch over and over: Blazing Saddles Goldfinger A Song Is Born Star Trek II, The [...]
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Same Old Song, Different Tune

I love dinner parties; they always an opportunity to meet some absolutely fascinating people. I recently attended a dinner party where one of the guests was regaling my little section of the table with an account about how they were working against what they presented as a very disheartening state of affairs. The more I listened to the details, the more I realized their problem sounded familiar; in fact, if you changed some of the names and settings, it was down right deja vu... In particular, my fellow dinner guest was lamenting [...]
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