Technically, this may not qualify as good news per the week of living dangerously post but it sure is funny. H/t to Marc Geelhoed for pointing out this gem of observational humor on the typical concert event masquerading as overview from the perspective of a child attending an in-school concert.
It’s a turducken of sarcasm, satire, and self-deprecation that skewers so many stereotypes, it becomes difficult to keep up with which group you’re supposed to mock until you figure out that you’re actually laughing at yourself.
Well played Unimpressed Boy. Well played.
Read Kid Unimpressed With Classical Outreach Tour 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. View all posts by Drew McManus | Website
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Thanks for your high praise!
I absolutely love the phrase “turducken of satire.”