What’s Good For The Goose

More on the whole booing issue, I ran across this wonderful suggestion from oboist Patricia Mitchell’s blog, oboeinsight:

Anyway, if the audience wants to boo, fine.

May we boo back when they are annoying? 😉

It made me remember an old Bugs Bunny cartoon where Bugs is the featured piano soloist performing Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody. 

Right before Bugs begins to play, there’s a patron who keeps interrupting his concentration by coughing.  After waiting politely for a few seconds Bug’s ultimate solution is to promptly pull a revolver out of his tux jacket and “silence” the offending patron himself.

The funny thing is that no one in the audience seemed to mind how bugs took care of the problem.

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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