Santa Rosa Symphony Cancels Concert Due To Climate Change

The Santa Rosa Symphony cancelled their 10/9/2017 concert 10 hours prior to downbeat due to wildfires that continue to progress unchecked in California’s Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Nevada, Calaveras and Butte counties.

At the time this article was written, several neighborhoods in Santa Rosa have been evacuated and two local hospitals are being emptied.

With no shortage of evidence indicating the increase in number and magnitude of wildfires increasing as a result of climate change, orchestras like Santa Rosa can expect additional disruptions alongside other global warming influenced events such as rising sea levels and hurricanes.

You can track the progress of fires via the 2017 CA State Google Fire Map:

Finger’s crossed that everyone in the area is safe and able to evacuate if needed.

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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