Reader Response: Memories Of Karl Haas

I would like to thank all of the readers who took the time to writer in with your memories or stories about Karl Haas.  I included excerpts from several of them in an article published at The Partial Observer today.

After talking with the people responsible for syndicating Karl’s program, Adventures in Good Music, I learned that they have plans to continue broadcasting past programs.  Furthermore, Karl’s shows are owned by his estate and although it would be difficult to publish shows on a CD (due to copyright issues related to recorded music Karl used) it may be possible to obtain transcripts.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if orchestras started using specific programs to design outreach programs?

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.

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