Debbie Does Dvorak?

Perhaps the best we to preface this is to say it comes from the digital desk of conductor Bill Eddins who started off a recent post with the following: “My Board chair is going to have fits, and I can just hear our Executive Director banging her head against a wall.  But folks, sometimes you have just got to throw the stuff out there.” With an intro like that, you know it’s gonna’ be good and Bill doesn’t disappoint as he provides a blow by blow account of one of the funniest patron complaint letters ever…

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If You Can’t Join ‘Em, Beat ‘Em

In an interesting turn of events in Charleston, one of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) concert sponsors has decided to present a cancelled pops concert on their own. The First Federal bank will be presenting the May 1st Starlight Pops concert using members from the recently-suspended CSO under the director of Alex Agrest (CSO core member). First Federal is selling tickets directly through their website as well as at the gate on the day of the event…

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TAFTO 2010 Starts Next Week!

The 2010 Take A Friend To The Orchestra (TAFTO) program will run from Monday, 4/12/2010 through Thursday, 4/22/2010. In addition to the detailed publication schedule below, readers have started to put their own TAFTO events together and use social networking to get organized. Arizona Opera violist Katie Shields has an opera oriented event in Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 that includes a meet-and-greet beforehand and a special post concert libation session with select cast members. What more could you want? Facebook users can find more details and register at Katie’s event page

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“An Illegal Lockout” In Charleston

According to a representative speaking on behalf of the Players Association of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (PACSO) the official position of the musicians and its union, Coastal Carolina Association of Professional Musicians Local 502, have stated that they consider the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) decision to suspend operations “an illegal lockout and we are pursuing it to the fullest extent of the law.”…

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League Acquires Inside The Arts Cultural Blogging Exchange

The League of American Orchestras is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Inside The Arts Cultural Blogging Exchange. This new responsibility includes directly managing the Inside The Arts portal and exercising editorial control over each of the member blogs; Adaptistration, Brian Dickie, Butts In The Seats , Double Bass Blog, Neo Classical, non divisi, Scanning The Dial, Sticks and Drones, and There’s Always Room For Cello. With the exception of Adaptistration, all blogs will feature the existing authors. Details of the agreement are available in the following press release…

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