Appearing On Definitely Not The Opera

On Saturday, December 16, 2006 I’ll be appearing on CBC Radio One’s Definitely Not The Opera – “Your Weekend Guide To Modern Culture”. The topic for this episode will focus on the ubiquitous standing ovation…

not_the_opera.jpgThe program will air at 1:00 p.m. local time (meaning 1:00 p.m. in each time zone) across Canada on CBC Radio One. If you live close enough to the Canadian border, you will likely be able to pick up the program but through the wonder of modern technology, you can listen to the program via the CBC website (just click on any radio station in your time zone and begin listening at 1:00 p.m. your time).

In case those are not enough options, you can also listen to the program on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 137 Saturday at 11:00 a.m. EST, and again at 9:00 p.m. EST and via the show’s Podcast available from their webpage at

I spent some time on Thursday afternoon talking to one of the program’s producers, Joff Schmidt, about the topic via an ISDN connection at a local NPR affiliate studio in Chicago. We had a good conversation and it was enjoyable discussing the issue from the perspective of pop culture.

I enjoy these cross-culture discussions and typically find that learning how others look at a common situation helps lead to new understanding. I don’t know how much of the conversation will be used in the program or how it will be tied into the rest of the program so those unknown elements add another level of intrigue to the segment.

Nevertheless, if my interview with Joff is any indication, it should make for some fun listening.

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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