It’s an orchestra manager’s nightmare: when internal factions go to war over artistic issues and when it comes to a topic that’s sure to spark emotion in the office, it’s artistic control. Everyone wants to have dominant control over what’s performed and more often than not, front line managers get caught in the cross fire.
More often than not, they are the ones to craft some sort of compromise that thanks to all of the internal politics, ends up producing nothing more than something equally bad or worse than any of the original ideas. It’s an inglorious reality of the business and it’s like the common cold; no matter how hard you try to avoid it, it’s going to catch up with you at one point or another.
To that end, how many of you out there can relate to this?
These two comics are from an ongoing storyline at [sws_css_tooltip position=”center” colorscheme=”rosewood” width=”450″ url=”http://adaptistration.com/toons/” trigger=”Who’s Minding The Score?” fontSize=”12″]The comic strip about orchestra life written by the always sharp Dixon. [/sws_css_tooltip] where the orchestra’s intrepid manager, Carol, gets caught up in exactly this sort of pickle when a fight erupts between the orchestra president (and former local news anchorman turned orchestra marketing director, turned music director) and the new music director over programming for the orchestra’s gala.
Carol’s the battle hardened manager that holds her orchestra together during even the most trying of times, but there are always a few problems that don’t have elegant solutions.
What sort of no-win artistic nonsense have you been caught up in; live animals on stage, shaving off a patron’s hair, Carol’s “Life’s a Beach” nightmare, or worse?