Music And Nature

American Public Media’s (APM) Performance Today with Fred Child is publishing an episode today that commemorates 100th birthday (today!) of the National Parks system. It’s tough to miss the similarities between the APM and National Park missions even though one focuses on facilitating nature while the other focuses on art and culture.

As part of the celebration, the entire show packed up and headed out to the Grand Teton National Park where they connected with a number of musicians from the Grand Teton Music Festival. Having heard about the program from those who participated, it sounds like it is going to be a fascinating episode.

Performance Today has been teasing up the episode via their social media channels:

Check out the new Performance Today auxiliary studio at Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming! OK, that's…

Posted by Performance Today on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

In addition to spending time with the brass quartet, host Fred Child #hiketerviewed GTMF violinist Holly Mulcahy. Regular readers are already well aware that not only is Holly my wife but she’s also the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra concertmaster and author of Inside The Arts’ Neo Classical blog. I won’t spoil anything and instead just share some of these really fun GIFs Performance Today published (I so desperately want the motorized camera mount they used to take those shots).




You can visit the Performance Today site for more info on when the episode will be available today.

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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