Mason Bates and Anna Clyne are both Mead Composers-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. (They’ve also both joined us for conversations as part of the American Orchestra Forum.) In Chicago, they curate a program called “MusicNOW” which is experimenting with new ways to present contemporary music. A brochure for the upcoming 2012-2013 season promises concertgoers “the most exciting new music experience” in Chicago.
Andrew Patner wrote about a recent concert in the Chicago Sun-Times:
Over the years, a large, youthful and attentive audience has gravitated to these four new music programs… Free pizza and beer after the shows truly seem to be conversation enablers rather than the ticket-sale enticements they started out to be. Literally hundreds of people are in the Harris’ lobby going at it about music, composers and performance for at least an hour post-concert.
What is Chicago doing to attract this audience? The short answer is (more…)
Topic: Audience, Creativity | Tags: anna clyne, chicago symphony orchestra, mason bates
June 12, 2012 by Beth Hondl | Comments (4)
No orchestra, large or small, ever has a settled relationship with its community. It’s always a thing in flux, dynamic, fluid, fragile and complex. Whether it’s how to attract new audiences, invigorate connections to current concertgoers or tap the power of technology, orchestras are facing–and not always meeting–unprecedented challenges to remain vital.
This podcast was developed from our behind-the-scenes conversations with leaders from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Chapter Four – The World Has Changed
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Topic: Community | Tags: access, anna clyne, anthony fogg, boston symphony orchestra, chicago symphony, deborah rutter, james sommerville, lawrie bloom, mark volpe, martha gilmer, podcast, steven lester, steven winn
April 3, 2012 by Beth Hondl | Comments (4)
What follows is a live blog from our chat with leaders from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, February 14, 2012.
- Deborah Rutter, President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Martha Gilmer, Vice President for Artistic Planning and Audience Development
- Anna Clyne, Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Stephen Lester, Bass, Chair of the Orchestra Committee
- Lawrie Bloom, Clarinet
Topic: Audience, Community, Creativity | Tags: anna clyne, chicago symphony, deborah rutter, lawrie bloom, live blog, martha gilmer, stephen lester
February 14, 2012 by Beth Hondl | Comments (1)