Today Is The Deadline!

Today marks the deadline for orchestras to complete the 2009 Orchestra Website Review online survey. For those who have already completed the survey thank you for your time and for everyone else, contact me for a copy of the survey URL. So far, the number of orchestras that have completed the surveys is a bit lower than previous years and I know things are extra busy this season but the survey won’t take much time and the results benefit everyone so set some time aside to complete as much as you can by the end of business today…

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Maybe Mendelssohn Just Inspires Violence

For my money, it doesn’t get much better than reading an account of Joe Patti attending an orchestra concert. For those who don’t know Joe, he’s the author of Butts In The Seats and a fellow arts manager who runs a presenting theater in Honolulu, HI. Joe posted a piece on 9/21/2009 that reviews his experience attending a Honolulu Symphony performance featuring Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer performing Meyer’s Triple Concerto for Banjo, Double Bass, and Tabla…

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Jeff Curnow Has Entered The Building

Today marks the launch of Inside The Arts’ newest feature, What’s Bothering Jeff? – a video series from Philadelphia Orchestra associate principal trumpet Jeff Curnow. The first installment entitled Confessions explores one trumpet player’s discovery of the mother of all nightmares. You can find the latest videos from What’s Bothering Jeff? right on the Inside The Arts homepage and larger dimension files are available at the series archive page as they are published.

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A Great Way To Test The Effectiveness Of Your Social Networks

Although I’ve been twittering away now for nearly one year, the fact is most of my tweets are auto-generated notices of my daily blog posts. Twitter has been a useful tool but one that never quite feels like it is being maximized; however, all that changed last week with the advent of Twitter shout-outs in advance of the 2009 Orchestra Website Review…

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It Looks Like Utah Has A New Music Director

While conducting the 2009 Orchestra Website Reviews evaluations, I stumbled across a page at the Utah Symphony website that indicates their new music director is Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer. Fischer is currently the Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic. The official press release is available here and the music director webpage is located here. The orchestra will presumably make a public announcement later this afternoon.

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