Although I’m up to my eyeballs in work and fun in NYC this week, I want to take a moment to acknowledge that today marks the sixth anniversary for Joe Patti’s blog Butts In The Seats; Musings on Practical Solutions For Arts Management. I was enormously pleased when he decided to include his blog among the ranks at Inside The Arts and I firmly believe his RSS feed should be in every arts manager’s Top 10. One of his latest posts on cell phone donations is an excellent example behind why he is such an important voice within the online cultural community…
If you aren’t already familiar with Joe’s blog, stop by and set aside a meaningful amount of time to go through everything at Butts In The Seats.
In other news, Philadelphia Inquirer Classical Music Critic Peter Dobrin continues to dig deep and produce some significant reporting on the current state of the Philadelphia Orchestra. His latest contribution does a wonderful job at illustrating that there’s more to orchestral success than playing and the line between jargon friendly conversation and simply being cagey is razor thin.
3 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary Butts In The Seats!”
Peter Dobrin’s article really nails some of the reasons a highly corporate approach can be so alienating to the audience. I think he is right on about how the orchestra can repair some of that alienation.
I had read Dobrin’s piece prior to you posting the link and meant to ask–does any orchestra do an encore? I wasn’t sure if Dobrin was citing a departure from past practices or if he was suggesting something to make concerts a little more audience friendly.
They do, but it is more common when they feature a soloists or are on tour. In fact, I can’t recall the last time I went to a regular subscription concert without any guest artist and the orchestra played an encore. I know part of it has to do with overtime but if concerts weren’t so long to begin with, that would provide some flexibility.