Archive | April, 2015

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Ever Wonder What Those Kids Are Thinking During In-School Programs?

Technically, this may not qualify as good news per the week of living dangerously post but it sure is funny. H/t to Marc Geelhoed for pointing out this gem of observational humor on the typical concert event masquerading as overview from the perspective of a child attending an in-school concert. It’s a turducken of sarcasm, satire, and self-deprecation that skewers so many stereotypes, it becomes difficult to keep up with which group you’re supposed to mock until you figure out that you’re actually laughing at yourself. Well played Unimpressed Boy. Well played.

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Finding Joy In Fascination

Joe Patti published a wonder morsel today at ArtsHacker that focuses on a poem by Denise Levertov, “The Secret.” I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t take enough time to read poetry so crossing paths with Levertov’s poem via Patti’s post is the stuff that inspires gratitude. Patti says the poem “addresses so many of the anxieties and hang ups that both artists and potential audiences have about art” and there’s something cathartic about reveling in the beauty of concise prose. So take a quick moment out of your day […]

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A Week Of Living Dangerously

When it rains it pours, but some problems are good great to have and that’s precisely where the next week (or so) is headed for my intrepid consulting team. To that end, I’ll still be posting every day but some posts may be lighter than others and during those instances, I’m going to try to focus on some genuinely good news oriented topics. Today’s post is exactly that with an article from the always sharp Brian Wise at WQXR which highlights recent efforts at New York’s New Victory Theater that worked with […]

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One of the historic buildings in Bhaktapur; 2010 and post earthquake.

How You Can Help With Nepal Relief Efforts

Devastating news continues to pour in from Nepal in the wake of their worst earthquake in 80 years and if you’re like many, you want to do something but don’t know where to begin. To that end, I would like to encourage everyone looking for focused connection to consider donating to the Unatti Foundation. Founder and president, Stephanie Waisler Rubin, maintains a home for girls ages five to 18 in Bhaktapur, Nepal which was founded in the 15th century and is located just east of Kathmandu. Born into extreme poverty, now shining […]

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Why yes, that is a score for Sibelius' Finlandia. Where you expecting something else?

Everything Old Is New Again

With all the attention these days on orchestras needing to get out of their primary venue and into unconventional spaces it is easy to forget that this is not exactly a unique idea. In fact, it’s been around for a lot longer than most folks realize and a recent trip to a favorite historic stock photo site drove that point home in a way that only photographs can do. Case in point, here are a couple of photos of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra performing at a factories. The photos cover the […]

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