Have You Checked Out Google’s Cultural Institute Yet?

Have you been to the Google Cultural Institute yet? If not, you’re missing out on some very impressive first gen technology designed to create what Google calls “virtual exhibitions” that includes a live performance of Philadelphia Orchestra performing In The Hall of the Mountain King onstage at Carnegie Hall.

Adaptistration People 049All in all, it’s pretty fun and holds some real promise as technology and opportunities improve. There are a few annoyances such as the terribly dramatic (not in a good way) and the lack of fast forward/rewind during the playback but those are indeed minor gripes and don’t really detract from the overall enjoyment.

I recommend Camera 1 and 3 as the camera angles of choice, albeit turn the latter camera’s viewing angle around 180 degrees as there’s nothing more enjoyable than watching the entire brass section sit patiently through several minutes of rests. At the 1:00 mark, flip over to Camera 1 and turn to the right to get your mallet on with (who I believe) is principal timpanist Don S. Liuzzi.

You could turn the camera around and watch Nézet-Séguin but really, it’s far more entertaining to watch the players.

<fingers_crossed>Personally, I can’t wait for the ability to zoom in and listen to a musician’s inner dialog during these performances.</fingers_crossed>

You couldn’t charge enough for that ticket.

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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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