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Are You Ready To Get Pissed Off?

On June 20, 2014, Michele Bachmann declared that John Adams’ opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, is “a sympathetic portrayal of terrorism against the Jewish people” (h/t @SoundNotion). Bachmann attempts to portray the Met, and by extension all arts and culture organizations in America, as a champion of anti-Semitism but it is clear that she’s doing […]

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Forehead Slap

Although it isn’t unheard of to deflect attention from one crisis by creating another, more manageable one, on a smaller scale it is unlikely that was the case when The Metropolitan Opera (Met) announced they were cancelling the radio broadcast and simulcasts for John Adams’s “The Death of Klinghoffer.” In case you missed the bombshell […]

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Well This Is An Interesting Union Issue

The 6/15/14 edition of the Toronto Star published an article by Allan Woods that reports the Quebec members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) voted to separate from the parent union. Granted, the vote was nothing but close, a reported 53.3 percent majority, but the decision throws all sorts of wrenches into the governance […]

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Adaptistration Jobs 2014

It Must Be Conference Time…

It must be conference time as Adaptistration Jobs is bursting at the seams following a slew of new listings this week, several of which are CEO and VP level openings at some highly desirable ensembles <cough>Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra</cough>. So take a break from the job hunting meat market that is the conference and peruse […]

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Inside The Arts #LinkLove Humpday Edition

My blogging colleagues at Inside The Arts have been productive as of late and their labor has produced a number of worthwhile posts you don’t want to miss. Joe Patti explores two great topics over at Butts In The Seats: What Do You Know About Your Emails? examines some truths and myths about current email […]

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Happy Memorial Day!

Whether you’re home all day enjoying the holiday with family and friends or your orchestra is putting on a performance today, try to take a few moments to remember the reason for the holiday. Furthermore, take a moment to remember that the single largest employer of full-time professional musicians is the United States Armed Forces…

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A Concert You Don’t Want To Miss

It isn’t often that I take time to promote a specific concert event but today is an exception to the rule. On Sunday, 5/11/2014, The MET Orchestra is performing an all Dvořák concert conducted by James Levine and featuring Lynn Harrell performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor; to top it off, it’s at Carnegie Hall. […]

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For All Of You Who Thought Conductor Hero Was A Gag…

Where there’s a will, there’s a way and the folks at Leipzig’s Mendelssohn Museum decided to bring simulated conducting to the next level with an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to genuinely conduct a virtual orchestra. Designed for the museum by interactive design studio, WhiteVOID, the system was featured in the 5/2/14 edition of […]

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