Live with Carnegie Hall: A Tribute to Lynn Harrell

Mark your calendar now, on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 2:00pm ET Carnegie Hall will broadcast a free live tribute concert to Lynn Harrell. It is an absolutely beautiful tribute idea and an equally challenging task to organize in today’s environment. Thank you Carnegie Hall. I can’t wait.

Here’s the official event description: American cellist Lynn Harrell’s half-century career placed him in the highest echelon of performing artists. A superstar roster of 12 fellow cellists celebrate Harrell’s life, including performances of Klengel’s Hymnus and the Preludio from Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas brasileiras No. 1.


Live with Carnegie Hall: A Tribute to Lynn Harrell


Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 2:00pm


Watch free of charge on Facebook or Instagram.


Carnegie has assembled a veritable who’s who of cellists, featuring Gautier Capuçon, Evelyn De Silva-Maisky, Zlatomir Fung, Alban Gerhardt, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Johannes Moser, Daniel Müller-Schott, Christian Poltéra, Jan Vogler, and Alisa Weilerstein.

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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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