The Cleveland Orchestra faces a particularly vexing dilemma: It is one of the world’s great orchestras in by far the smallest market supporting such an institution. This position has opened the organization to new ways of thinking and fresh possibilities for a reimagined future.
This podcast was developed from our behind-the-scenes conversation with leaders from The Cleveland Orchestra in April 2012 and an interview with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst.
Chapter Seven – The View from Cleveland
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Topic: Audience, Community, Creativity | Tags: cleveland orchestra, dennis labarre, franz welser-möst, gary ginstling, gary hanson, joshua smith, podcast
June 1, 2012 by Beth Hondl | Comments (0)
What follows is a live blog from our behind-the-scenes conversation with leaders of The Cleveland Orchestra.
- Gary Hanson, Executive Director of The Cleveland Orchestra
- Gary Ginstling, General Manager
- Joshua Smith, Principal Flute
- Dennis LaBarre, President of the Musical Arts Association, governing body of The Cleveland Orchestra
5:24pm Hanson: Word-of-mouth has always been the best way to get people in the hall. The dearth of formal music criticism in newspapers has not created a huge void.
5:21pm LaBarre: The long-term commitment from conductor Franz Welser-Möst is the bedrock of the whole situation. He has been remarkably receptive to community programs. He wants to be involved.
5:13pm Smith: Culture is changing to a more open-minded, pragmatic way of thinking about things.
5:12pm LaBarre: As president the past three years, he’s focused on three things: 1) maintaining top artistic quality, 2) ensuring the long-term financial stability of the orchestra, and 3) strengthening “the fabric of the institution” – the three groups musicians, board, management becoming much more unified. A sense of… We are in it together, we know each other. (more…)
Topic: Audience, Community, Creativity | Tags: cleveland orchestra, dennis labarre, gary ginstling, gary hanson, joshua smith, live blog
April 14, 2012 by Beth Hondl | Comments (0)