If you haven’t taken the time to visit the Virtual Discussion Panel going on right now at Polyphonic.org, you’re missing out. Today is Day 3 of a week long virtual discussion panel between composers and orchestra musicians on the subject of new music…
So far, the discussion has been a representative example of everything good that can come from cooperative interaction among stakeholders that don’t typically have much interaction that creates an enhanced combined effect. In essence, it’s greater than the sum of its parts.
Furthermore, the discussion is a wonderful example of all the good that can come from simply getting all the right people together in a room talking about critical issues (albeit a virtual room in this case). As I mentioned on Monday, every artistic administrator, music director, musician, and composer in the business can take something useful from this discussion and apply it to their respective ensemble with positive impact.
If you haven’t been to the discussion yet, I strongly suggest you begin at Day 1) and don’t skip the comments!):