Archive | December, 2013

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Move Forward

2013 was one hell of a year; marked by dizzying highs and crushing lows, most of the field still managed to get to the end in one piece. And although resolutions are a popular past time, I’ve never found them useful; at the same time, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things I’d like to see transpire in 2014 (granted, some are more practical than others). What’s on your 2014 wish list?

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2013 Readership Segmentation Survey Results

2013 Readership Segmentation Survey Results

Thanks to the 648 readers who took the time to complete the 2013 Readership Segmentation Survey; the results have not only been useful, but fascinating; as such, let’s jump right in and take a look at some of the more intriguing results. Readership Ratio One big change from previous surveys is a shift in the ratio of readers who identified themselves as board members/managers, musicians/artists, or patrons/donors. In earlier results, those three groups have occupied a fairly even three way readership split but that changed in 2013 with the balance shifting a […]

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Okay, One Final A Christmas Carol Reference…

Compared to yesterday’s post on A Christmas Carol: The Concert, today’s version decidedly falls under the heading “and now for something completely different…” A Klingon Christmas Carol. Granted, Joe Patti beat me here with his post from 12/23/13 but when it comes to Trek, the more the merrier. And if the business weren’t small enough already, the score for A Klingon Christmas Carol was composed by this month’s Giving Program recipient Jon Silpayamanant. Makes Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon look like child’s play, doesn’t it? Postscript: here’s one final Trek related classical […]

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It’s Not Too Early To Start Looking At Next Season’s Holiday Show Options

Christmas may be over but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thinking about what your group should do for the 2014/15 holiday season. To that end, do yourself a favor and take a look at A Christmas Carol: The Concert, which is currently airing on Public Broadcasting System (PBS). A production of WTTW in Chicago, the show features music composed and arranged by Bob Christianson with lyrics & book adaptation by Alisa Hauser. In addition to the national air time on PBS (check your local listings to see if it is scheduled […]

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It Is Not Too Late For Redemption

Although it isn’t unusual for arts orgs to launch holiday sales campaigns promoting the benefits of giving tickets as holiday gifts, how often do we take our own advice? This question entered the back of my mind a few weeks ago and since then, I’ve been asking friends and colleagues among the ranks of musicians, managers, and board members if they purchase orchestra tickets (or gift certificates) as holiday gifts. Based on that bit of interaction, it turns out that most of us don’t take our own advice and overlook tickets as […]

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