Meet Me In St. Louis

Thanks to the generosity of some bighearted fans of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, I’ve been offered an opportunity to attend the mass orchestra concert which the musicians of the SLSO organized as a way to say thank you to their supporters.


The musicians of the SLSO will be joined by a host of professional orchestra musicians from 14 other orchestras for a one time only performance.  You can learn more about the concert by visiting the Musicians of the SLSO website, but here’s the pertinent information:



  • What: The Musicians of the Saint Louis Symphony join musicians from 14 U.S. Symphony Orchestras in a concert conducted by Benjamin Zander to thank Saint Louis
  • When: Sunday, March 13, 4:00 PM
  • Where: Manchester United Methodist Church, 129 Woods Mill Road, 63011
  • Program: Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and Shostakovich’s Symphony # 5
  • Cost: FREE (so get there early!)

If you have the opportunity to attend this concert, I highly recommend that you go out of way to do so, even if you don’t live in the St. Louis area.


While in town, I’ll also be attending a performance on Saturday evening presented by Crossings Concerts.  Their Beatles Beyond Boundaries concert looks like it will be great fun; you can buy tickets for the event via their website.  I understand Crossings is a group that is responsible for some really innovative outreach programs so I’m looking forward to attending one of their events.


If you’re planning to attend either concert and see this guy in the crowd, please come up and say hello.

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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