With so many changes afoot in the American orchestral world, what do music directors see as particular challenges and opportunities? (more…)
Topic: Audience, Community, Creativity | Tags: alan gilbert, charles dutoit, cleveland orchestra, franz welser-möst, gustavo dudamel, la phil, mtt, ny phil, philadelphia orchestra, san francisco symphony, video, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
November 6, 2012 by Beth Hondl | Comments (0)
How exactly does a conductor work with an orchestra? We asked several music directors to speak about their philosophy and technique. (more…)
In this day and age, what is the importance of the live music experience? (more…)
How has the relationship between the orchestra and its community changed over the past century? (more…)
How can orchestras use technology to engage with audiences? (more…)
Topic: Audience, Creativity | Tags: Afa Sadykhly Dworkin, brent assink, ed sanders, elizabeth scott, margo drakos, mason bates, matthew vanbesien, sunil iyengar, technology, video
October 15, 2012 by Beth Hondl | Comments (0)
When The Philadelphia Orchestra emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2012, the ensemble became a canary fluttering back out of a deep dark mine. Philadelphia’s path forward will be closely watched, and not only because music lovers at home and around the world have such a stake in this beloved institution. In both its difficulties and its stategies for confronting and transcending them, The Philadelphia Orchestra strikes a resonant chord with other American orchestras, large and small.
This podcast was developed from our June 2012 behind-the-scenes discussion.
Chapter Ten – Looking Ahead, in Philadelphia and Beyond
Topic: Audience, Community, Creativity | Tags: Afa Sadykhly Dworkin, alan gilbert, allison vulgamore, cleveland orchestra, deborah rutter, gary hanson, gustavo dudamel, jeremy rothman, joseph conyers, mtt, philadelphia orchestra, podcast, san francisco symphony, stanford thompson, steven winn, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
September 18, 2012 by Beth Hondl | Comments (0)
Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra, discusses the relationship between an orchestra and the audience.
For years “cartoons put art music in ordinary people’s lives in everyday ways.” The hijinks of Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, and Porky Pig set to classical music’s greatest hits certainly served as an entry point for one generation of music lovers. But what are the entry points of today? This post by Paulla Ebron won an honorable mention in the American Orchestra Forum blog contest.
I have to admit that one of my first exposures to classical music was while watching old Looney Tunes cartoons. Colorful and irreverent, these animated snippets drew the attention of many young listeners whose living rooms became little concert hall. As viewers, we sat captivated by the characters, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, and Porky Pig either conducting or turning their comic appearance to perform something like. “The Hare of Seville.”
Cartoons put art music in ordinary people’s lives in everyday ways. They did so by naturalizing the music and making art music seem accessible. Admittedly, the rowdy crowds depicted in these cartoons are a bit unorthodox by conventional standards.
Formalists’ stomachs will turn at the thought of a popular genre meeting the staid conventions associated with high art. These same people would likely be upset (more…)
Confronted with fundamental and ongoing changes in their audiences, orchestras are thinking about what they do and how they do it as never before. In this chapter we explore some of the ideas, innovations, optimism and uneasiness of the American orchestra, as it finds it way toward the audiences of the future.
This podcast was developed from our May 2012 live forum event and backstage interviews.
Chapter Nine – Considering Audiences, Part 2
Topic: Audience | Tags: alan gilbert, brent assink, ed sanders, elizabeth scott, franz welser-möst, matthew van besien, podcast, sunil iyengar, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
July 26, 2012 by Beth Hondl | Comments (0)
For decades nobody thought very much about them. The audience was who showed up to fill the concert hall, in a largely predictable and reliable way. An orchestra scheduled and performed its subscription concerts, and the patrons came to hear them–a straightforward cause-and-effect relationship. Like many relationships in our times, this one has changed, grown more volatile, and become anything but straightforward. No one, it’s safe to say, is taking the audience for granted now.
This podcast was developed from our May 2012 live forum event and a behind-the-scenes conversation with The Cleveland Orchestra in April 2012.
Chapter Eight – Considering Audiences, Part 1