In The CD Player This Weekend

Well I’m off for the weekend again and during my three hour drive “there and back again” I’ll end up listening to a great deal of music.  This weekend I’m loading the jeep’s CD player with:

  • Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony
  • The soundtrack from “Oh Brother, Where art Thou”
  • A Smashmouth mix CD
  • A mix CD of Patrick Sheridan, tuba soloist extraordinaire
  • Liszt’s Totentanz and Piano Concerto’s 1 & 2: Boris Berezovsky, piano
  • Appalachian Journey: Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, & Edgar Meyer
  • A George Carlin and PDQ Bach Mix CD (ya gotta laugh at least once a day)

So what do you listen to during those long drives?

Also, it appears the CSO musicians failed to get enough votes behind their vote of confidence idea, too bad but at least they tried.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.