#TBT Things That Make You Go Buh?!? Higher Education

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Just when you think higher education can’t get any screwier than it already is, someone comes along with a hold my beer moment. Case in point, this article by Nell Gluckman in the 4/24/18 edition of chronicle.com that examines an effort by the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to recruit unpaid adjunct faculty. Of course, they didn’t call it unpaid. Why do that when there’s perfectly good jargon to unbox (emphasis …

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Things That Make You Go Buh?!? When A Conductor Tells Children There Is No Santa Clause

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Sometimes, patrons leave a concert early to get at the front of the parking rush. It’s a reality of live events and yes, it can be frustrating for both fellow patrons and performers. But why on earth a conductor would be so offended as to retaliate by telling children there is no Santa Clause during a winter family show is stupefying. Nonetheless, that’s precisely what happened per multiple reports when conductor Giacomo …

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Just In Case You Forgot How Deep Of A Public Perception Hole We’re In

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If anyone ever wondered whether or not the orchestra field has a history of projecting an elitist image where the self-ordained curators of “greatest art” are comprised of a bunch of pompous asses, might I direct your attention to an article by Mariella Moon in the 9/17/2014 edition of endgadget.com that examines a brand new social network called Netropolitan that is designed expressly for the one percent crowd. What makes this …

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Things That Make You Go Buh?!? The Hartford Wagner Festival

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It’s been awhile since the last entry into this series and the latest head-scratcher comes from the Hartford Wagner Festival (HWF). If you haven’t heard of them before, it’s likely because the group is a nonprofit startup and has yet to present an event. Long story short; their apparent goal is/was to present annual productions of Wager’s “Ring” Cycle using a mixture of established and early career level singers accompanied by …

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Things That Make You Go Buh?!? The Huffington Post

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It’s been more than a year since the last episode in this series, but given the wackiness that is the season of discontent, it was bound to happen. However, the source material for this installment doesn’t come from an orchestra stewing in a labor dispute; instead, it’s the newest leader in lowest common denominator tabloidesque cultural commentary: The Huffington Post (THP).

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