Off To Carnegie For My TAFTO Experience

I’m off to Carnegie Hall where I’ll be meeting up with some new friends who will be experiencing their fist classical music concert.  Along for the experience is Brian Wise, WNYC’s Soundcheck producer, and the group will be listening to an all Bartok concert performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


The orchestra will be led by Pierre Boulez and will feature CSO music director, Daniel Barenboim on piano performing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No.1.  Also on the program are Bartok’s Four Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 12, and Concerto for Orchestra.


On Monday, May 16th, everyone participating in tonight’s Take a Friend to Orchestra concert will appear on Soundcheck to talk about the experience and what sort of impact the TAFTO program is having in different areas across the country.


Who are the friends coming along for their first concert this evening?  That’s a surprise but fans of Soundcheck with John Schaefer, will be in for a treat when they tune in or log onto Monday’s program.  It promises to be loads of fun.


Links to Monday’s show along with instructions on how you can listen online will be published Monday morning.

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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