A Concert You Don’t Want To Miss

It isn’t often that I take time to promote a specific concert event but today is an exception to the rule. On Sunday, 5/11/2014, The MET Orchestra is performing an all Dvořák concert conducted by James Levine and featuring Lynn Harrell performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor; to top it off, it’s at Carnegie Hall.


Lynn Harrell, Cello; The MET Orchestra; James Levine, Conductor


An All-Dvořák Program: Carnival OvertureCello Concerto in B MinorSymphony No. 7


Carnegie Hall; 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York City


Sunday, May 11, 2014 @ 3:00 PM Eastern Time

celloPersonally, I’m eating myself up over the fact that I can’t be there but if you’re in the area or can make arrangements to get there by Sunday, you will thank yourself for making the effort as this is apparently a special event for both Harrell and Levine. Per Harrell’s Facebook page:

So looking forward to working with one of my oldest friends (we’ve known each other since we were 12!) and colleagues, James Levine, next week. An amazing way to help celebrate both our 70th birthdays with one of another of our old friends, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.

If you can’t be there, you have one other option for listening live as the concert is going to be broadcast on the SiriusXM MET Opera Radio Station, Channel 74.

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About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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