Spreading Some Christmas Cheer

With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be nice to focus on some good news. First up, in case you haven’t already heard the Virginia Symphony received an early Christmas present in the form of a $500,000 loan from the Norfolk Economic Development Authority. According to the 12/18/2008 edition of The Virginian-Pilot, symphony board chair, Blair Wimbush, the funds, in combination with budget cuts, will enable the organization to reach the end of the current season…

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Here It Is, Your Holiday Moment Of Zen

You know it, you love, it, and it just isn’t the holiday season without it: The Messiah Organist On Crack. If this holiday classic is new to you, give it moment and hang in there until the end; I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s 0:43 of unfiltered Messiah goodness.
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Looking Ahead At TAFTO 2009

Unlike previous incarnations of Take A Friend To Orchestra (TAFTO) month here at Adaptistration, the 2009 contributor list is being finalized much earlier. The primary reason is that for the past few years, orchestras that have been interested in putting together a TAFTO oriented event in the spring have requested that information be made available earlier in the season so they can have more time to plan. As such, here’s what’s happening so far, including the list of confirmed contributors…

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

I’m back from Seattle and right as I was heading in the door, several inches of snow and ice began pummeling the Chicago area. But that’s not the only thing cold going on as more newspapers are writing articles about chilly ticket sales. The 12/12/08 edition of the Sacramento Bee is one of the latest to chronicle local events in an article by Edward Ortiz…

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