Some Interesting Initiatives In San Francisco

An article in 11/15/05 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle by Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Music Critic, reported on a new concert series from the San Francisco Symphony designed to not only attract new listeners and convert them into returning patrons but appeal to existing patrons as well. The series, entitled Friday 6.5, divides the concert up into two halves and has the conductor verbally guide the audience through portions of the program on the first half and then use the second half to play through the entire work. The trick, of course, is how effective the program will be at realizing its goals…

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Pondering Recent Cuts In Baltimore

The recent decision by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra management to eliminate several performances from their Strathmore Hall concert schedule came as a disappointment after reports that their inaugural concerts last season had sold so well (for those who are unaware, the Baltimore Symphony began performing concerts at a second venue, the brand new Music Center at Strathmore, during their regular concert season). The news came as just another cloud in an already dark sky for the organization…

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