But You Knew That Already, Of Course…

Among all of the contemporary forms of art, I’ve always felt classical music has the most potential for growth. Unfortunately, it has a nasty habit of getting in its own way by perpetuating decades old exclusive barriers. At the same time, many classical music institutions are trying harder than ever before to consciously tear some of these barriers down. However, I find that some of these issues are so entrenched in the behavior and actions of long time classical music enthusiasts; they may not even realize they are unconsciously contributing to the … Continue Reading

Perhaps Less Is More

As the classical music business continues to work toward reversing the overall decline in attendance one of the issues many overlook is the impact concert length may have on audience development and retention. Nevertheless, it may be just the right time to re-examine whether or not the “tried-and-true” concert length of two hours plus intermission is something that should remain a business standard.

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall…

The internet is a wonderful place. It’s an open hub for ideas and discussions that would otherwise rarely see much attention. One particular discussion had nothing to do with how classical musicians sound or what they play; rather, the topic focuses on how they look.

I’m glad to say that the conversation isn’t about wearing tuxedos on stage. Although that’s a good discussion to have, it’s a bit long in the tooth. Instead, this discussion centers on the type of image classical musicians project.

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An Interview with Frank J. Oteri

You mean there’s more to classical music than just performers and dead composers? There sure is and if you take the time to look under some of the more fascinating rocks within the classical music environment, you’ll eventually unearth something besides decaying Mozart manuscripts and another recording of Beethoven 7.

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Breaking Up Is Hard (And Expensive) To Do

The ugly side of classical music’s business has been in the news quite a bit this past year, such as the coverage related to labor problems in St. Louis and Baltimore. However, there’s one example of how small ensembles, such as a quartet or trio, are beginning to realize there’s much more to making music than making music. The Audubon Quartet saga started when the members began to quarrel over money and control. They past the point of no return in February 21, 2000 when three of the members presented their first … Continue Reading