Keith Lockhart On Soundcheck

Tune in for today’s broadcast of Soundcheck with John Schaefer as Boston Pops music director Keith Lockhart stops in to talk about Pops programming. Officially, the topic of the show is “Making Orchestra Pops Concerts Hip” and since it was planned before the now infamous balcony fight, it serves as one of those fantastic coincidences. At the same time, it would have been even more amusing if the planned title was “Making Pops Concerts A Hit”…

I would be surprised if they were able to get through the episode without mentioning something about the fight which broke out between two patrons at a recent Boston Pops concert so for those of you who just can’t get enough of the topic, this show should be ideal.

Use the audio player below to listen to the program:

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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