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SoundNotion 117: It All Comes Back to Tacos

This week we’re joined by composer, interdisciplinary collaborator and taco enthusiast Steven Snowden. He’s doing more cool stuff than we could talk about in an hour (so we took a bit longer). PLUS-Seattle gets a labor deal and Boston has a new conductor.
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SoundNotion 9: Adaptistrate This!

Orchestra consultant and blogger Drew McManus joins us on the show this week. Topics include the business of a big orchestra, the DSO’s current status, the impact of new and social media on performing arts groups, and more.


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  • We had some technical difficulties with one of the cameras today. If you’re watching the video, please excuse the snafus with the camera pointed at Dave. Hooray for learning!
  • Orchestra business consultant Drew McManus of Adaptistration told us all about orchestra administration.
  • Detroit Symphony management has still not responded to the DSO musician’s offer to return to work.
  • The DSO is claiming that they’re still receiving a significant amount of donations. (We’ll just donate our skepticism.)
  • We got Drew’s thoughts on the situation with the DSO, what he sees as potential consequences of the DSO folding, and in a larger sense, the sustainability of the orchestra as an institution.
  • Chloe Veltman expresses some skepticism about the institutional and financial value of social media and new media.
  • The Boston Symphony Orchestra is starting its search for a music director to fill the vacancy created last week when Maestro James “Jimmy” Levine resigned.
  • Is there still room for audiophiles in 2011?
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SoundNotion – Episode 8 “Seventeen Alto Saxophones”


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  • Matt Schoendorff joins us to talk about his experiences writing for wind ensembles and young musicians.
  • The ongoing saga of the Detroit Symphony continues. The musicians have offered to return to work if DSO administrators agrees to binding arbitration.
  • As of this recording, there has been no official response to the musicians’ offer.
  • Also, the DSO is losing musicians to other orchestras, including it’s entire percussion section.
  • Ben Rosen published an editorial on the Huffington Post this week about the economics of classical music.
  • An National Endowment for the Arts study suggests that while audiences are not attending performances or museums very much, they are interacting with the arts on the web. Remind you of anyone?
  • Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross won an Oscar for their score to the Social Network.
  • Steve Reich is about to turn 75. Happy birthday Steve!
  • Philip Glass is starting a new arts festival in Carmel Valley, California.
  • James Levine resigns his position with the Boston Symphony due to health reasons, allowing him to focus on his duties at the Met.
  • 2011 is the Year of the Composer, but only in Vermont. Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited.
  • Drew McManus of Adaptistration will be joining us next week to talk about the business side of orchestras in general, and the Detroit Symphony in particular.
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