Santa Rosa Symphony Cancels Concert Due To Climate Change

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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 …

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You’ll Have To Wait A Little (Lot?) Longer For NY Phil’s Much Needed Hall Renovation

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On 10/3/2017, the Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic released a joint press release announcing their decision to “re-envision the strategy that will steer the forthcoming renovations of David Geffen Hall.” Lincoln Center’s 210-word press statement provided few details. New York, NY (October 3, 2017) — After a concentrated period of deep review and thoughtful evaluation, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic have decided to …

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Are You Serious About Changing The Narrative?

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Toward the end of summer, California Symphony Executive Director, Aubrey Bergauer, posted an article chronicling their work change out how they approach audience development. Gone is the full court press contact for first time ticket buyers to convert into subscribers and donors. Instead, they decided to focus on an audience development model closer to what we’ve examined here since 2003. After some genuinely heartening exchanges with Bergauer about the work, she …

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#TBT: 13 Years Later And Still No Box Suites And Chicken Strips

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There’s a fascinating article by Mark Fisher in the 9/27/17 edition of The Guardian (H/T Ceci Dadisman’s ARTSMAIL newsletter) that examines the success of a Glasgow based theater series that encourages attendees to bring food and drink to the performance. When discussing The Guardian article with a colleague, she mentioned “What would the arts and culture landscape here in the US look like if theaters let you eat and drink while …

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Because This Business Makes Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon Look Like Child’s Play, That’s Why.

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I’ve always been leery of LinkedIn but there’s no denying it has established itself as a go-to resource if you want to learn more about business contacts. But one item that continues to rub me the wrong way is the emphasis on quantity of contacts over quality. It’s no secret this business makes Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon look like child’s play. As such, who you’re connected to carries far more influence than …

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