TAFTO 2013 Contribution: Heather Brown

EMBRACE THE PARADOX Thanks to my parents’ influence, I grew up playing and listening to classical music.  I also grew up loving sports.  Thankfully, Columbus, Ohio has both. Even with a terrific classical music scene though, Ohio State University athletics always seems to get the upper hand in this town.  OK, sure. Ohio’s a football state, but I think the two actually complement each other and have more in common than …

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TAFTO 2013 Contribution: Ceci Dadisman

Trying to get someone to go to the opera can be a challenging thing. As the chief marketing gal at Palm Beach Opera, it quite literally is my job to get people to come to the opera. Yes, I buy advertising in the newspaper, on the radio, and online but the most powerful marketing out there is always the endorsement of a friend. When I talk to people about why they …

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TAFTO 2013 Contribution: Scott Silberstein

Okay, my friends, let’s talk about what we’re going to do tonight. Maybe a trip to Orchestra Hall to hear the Chicago Symphony? Why, you ask, should you allow me to take you with me to the orchestra? Well, I can tell you why I go. I don’t know any better. The extraordinary sound of the symphony orchestra got to me before people had a chance to tell me that I …

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TAFTO 2013 Contribution: Holly Mulcahy

Six Fail-Safe Ways to Get Your Concert On By: Holly Mulcahy; violinist and author of Neo Classical, a blog about the future of classical music. During this season I’ve enjoyed the honor of playing in several orchestras as guest concertmaster and one of the more enjoyable fringe benefits is a direct view of and/or direct contact with the patrons. There was a wide variety; everything from parents with children, groups of …

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TAFTO 2012 Contribution: David J. Loehr

TAFTO 2012 David Loehr

I’m just going to say this up front. The friend I’m talking about isn’t technically a friend, and I still haven’t taken him to an orchestra. (And Drew passes out.) The first part’s easy to explain. It’s my son. He’s ten, and in the last few years, he’s started to pay attention to the elements that go into the films, television, video games that he likes.


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