From 2005 through 2013, during the month of April, the Take A Friend To The Orchestra project featured more than a dozen critics, bloggers, musicians, classical music enthusiasts, and administrators writing about how average patrons throughout the country can invite friends who don’t regularly participate in live music events to a performance in your area.
The program is on furlough for a few seasons but that doesn’t mean the 83 contributions are out of style. If anything, all but a handful are fresher than ever and since grassroots audience building is more important than ever, you’ll find a wealth of inspiring articles.
Although every contribution is worth exploring, a few have always maintained a special connection with me and it was a genuine treat to revisit them while updating the site: Alex Ross, Alex Shapiro, David J. Loehr, Elizabeth Lunday, Frank J. Oteri, George Daugherty, George Hunka, Jeremy Denk, Jonathan Becker, Matthew Guerrieri, Molly Sheridan, Sam Bergman, and William Eddins.
But that’s really just the tip of the iceberg, head over to the resource site and you’ll find all of the contributions categorized by year, contributor type, and author. And if you’re so inclined, take a moment to post a comment here pointing out your favs and why you find them special.Get Empowered!