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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 10-27-2014

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.


WHAT'S NEXT FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC?

A recent panel discussion included guests Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Ben Cameron, director of arts fundraising at the Doris Duke Charitable Trust; Thomas Dolby, Homewood Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins; Marina Piccinini, concert flutist and Peabody faculty member; Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, and was moderated by new Peabody dean Fred Bronstein.


THE KLINGHOFFER AFTERMATH

Four New Yorkers and The Death of Klinghoffer
The Guardian: Moustafa Bayoumi, Kayla Epstein, Alan Yuhas, Eli Valley
The British newspaper invites views and opinions from four diverse writers, who attended the Met’s first performance of the opera.

Why We Need Art About Terrorism
The Globe and Mail: Kate Taylor
Howling protesters do not make good arts critics. Most public demonstrations against art oversimplify or misrepresent the thing the complainants find so offensive, and the current firestorm over the John Adams’s opera The Death of Klinghoffer is typical of the phenomenon.

Long Wake
New Yorker: Alex Ross
The protest failed because it relied on falsehoods: the opera is not anti-Semitic, nor does it glorify terrorism.

OPINION AND RESEARCH

Musicians Are Better Multitaskers
Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
New research from Canada finds trained musicians more efficiently switch from one mental task to another.

Why Failing Orchestras Are the Problem of Every American
Huffington Post: David Donnelly
Failing orchestras create severe economic, social, and cultural repercussions for our nation as a whole. This is very much your problem.

THE VALUE OF AN ARTS EDUCTION

Two recent reports provide interesting data on the value of an arts education today:

NATIONAL

Dancing Into Town
Philly.com: Nancy Heller
Pennsylvania Ballet's new artistic director, Ángel Corella, is wasting no time inspiring the dancers.

Philadelphia Orchestra Reports on 'A Remarkable Year'
Philly.com: Peter Dobrin
Since the Philadelphia Orchestra exited bankruptcy more than two years ago, several key financial indicators have brightened.

Memphis Symphony Symphony Musicians Agree to One-Year Pay 38% Cut
The Commercial Appeal: John Beifuss
Symphony musicians agree to one-year pay cut to help financially struggling organization.

This Orchestra is Going Into Business
Philly.com: Patrick Stearns
With more orchestras declining than thriving, classical music audiences can be forgiven for thinking the brand new Pennsylvania Philharmonic is a mirage.

A Milestone for James Levine, Opera’s Sultan of Swat
NY Times: Michael Cooper
James Levine Leads His 2,500th Met Performance

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Gallery Aferro Team for 'Artist Box' Initiative
BroadwayWorld.com: BWW News Desk
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Gallery Aferro will partner for Artist Box, a unique initiative that brings artists to NJSO performances in Newark, culminating in an exhibition of works inspired by the artists' concert experiences.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Dare to Disagree
A Must-See TED Video!
Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

Practicing Entrepreneurship: Creation And Creativity
Forbes: Candida Brush
Most of us would agree that to have any type of entrepreneurship, it involves the creation of something new. Unfortunately, the way we teach entrepreneurship has been traditionally focused on a prescriptive, linear process.

Five Tips to Prevent Nightmare Brainstorms
Forbes.com: Micha Kaufman
One of the biggest myths is that there’s no such thing as a bad idea. Think Microsoft Vista, New Coke, and AOL-Time Warner. How did those ill-conceived attempts at progress fly out of the gate with such velocity that their vulnerabilities weren’t recognized until they hit the global market in full force?

Study Examines Denver Audiences' Risk Tolerance for New Cultural Experiences
Colorado Public Radio: Stephanie Wolf
“The biggest ‘ah-ha’ moment for me was that this concept of the audience is a complex thing,” says Stephen Seifert, who commissioned the study. “We have multiple audiences, in some respects. We’ll be chewing on this for a long time, but it has already affected how we will be shopping for artists for future seasons.”

JUST FOR FUN

Nine Types Of NYC Subway Musicians
BuzzFeed: Dan Meth
Enjoy fun with the Doo-Wop Guys, Break Dance Crew, Mariachi Guys, Can Drummers, Peruvian Flute Guys, Folkies, 'This Guy', The Julliard Graduate, and the Chinese Erhu Guy.

Ten of The Best: Classical Music Comedies and Parodies
The Guardian: Tom Service
A selection of 10 clips: classical music’s best parodies, comedies and sketches.



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