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Things That Make You Go Buh?!? When A Conductor Tells Children There Is No Santa Clause

Sometimes, patrons leave a concert early to get at the front of the parking rush. It’s a reality of live events and yes, it can be frustrating for both fellow patrons and performers. But why on earth a conductor would be so offended as to retaliate by telling children there is no Santa Clause during a winter family show is stupefying. Nonetheless, that’s precisely what happened per multiple reports when conductor Giacomo Loprieno took a microphone to announce “Father Christmas doesn’t exist” at the end of a “Disney in concert: Frozen” event. That’s […]

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Just In Case You Forgot How Deep Of A Public Perception Hole We’re In

If anyone ever wondered whether or not the orchestra field has a history of projecting an elitist image where the self-ordained curators of “greatest art” are comprised of a bunch of pompous asses, might I direct your attention to an article by Mariella Moon in the 9/17/2014 edition of that examines a brand new social network called Netropolitan that is designed expressly for the one percent crowd. What makes this a genuine embarrassment for the entire field is the site was conceived and spearheaded by a conductor who wears his Maestro […]

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Things That Make You Go Buh?!? The Hartford Wagner Festival

It’s been awhile since the last entry into this series and the latest head-scratcher comes from the Hartford Wagner Festival (HWF). If you haven’t heard of them before, it’s likely because the group is a nonprofit startup and has yet to present an event. Long story short; their apparent goal is/was to present annual productions of Wager’s “Ring” Cycle using a mixture of established and early career level singers accompanied by a synthesized orchestra. It’s that last bit that stirred up a hornet’s nest of pissed off instrumentalists and Wagner super fans. […]

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Things That Make You Go Buh?!? The Huffington Post

It’s been more than a year since the last episode in this series, but given the wackiness that is the season of discontent, it was bound to happen. However, the source material for this installment doesn’t come from an orchestra stewing in a labor dispute; instead, it’s the newest leader in lowest common denominator tabloidesque cultural commentary: The Huffington Post (THP). (more…)

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Things That Make You Go Buh?!? Craviso To Louisville

The news started trickling in toward the middle of last week but an article by Gabe Bullard in the 9/16/2011 edition of made it official when it reported that consultant Ralph Craviso had been selected by the Louisville Orchestra (LO) and their musicians to become involved in the mediation of their labor dispute. The only question in my mind upon hearing the news was “What, was Governor Scott Walker busy?” (more…)

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