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    Fire the musicians!

    Yet another terrific #OrchChat last week! Thank you to all who participated in the lively discussion. For one hour several people from around the world gradually joined in as schedules permitted, and there was much intense and passionate discussion among the group. Based on feedback, we kept the format to three topics and as usual, they bled into and over each other. It was actually fun (no, really) keeping up. The topics we explored were: Free Flashmobs. Although a great marketing tool, when orchestras perform for free do they devalue what they do? Liven it up! How do we overcome performer’s lethargism due to the repetitive nature of the job?…

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    Nostalgic Chatty Conductors in Beautiful Penguin Suits

    Can you believe it’s already been a month since the last chat about orchestras on Twitter? It was another FABULOUS discussion amongst some passionate orchestra enthusiasts, and we’re on a role with three under our belt. #OrchChat was scheduled for one hour and this time people from around the world were prepped and keen to get started. I’m thrilled so many people participated and the conversations got so meaty we even added an additional topic! One piece of feedback was along the lines of having only one topic per chat. It’s certainly a good idea, but my thought is that these monthly Twitter chats should prompt and promote further discussion all…

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    Hot Topics for Orchestras

    (Percussionists: Get “Six by Six” for only $6 or £6 just this weekend, during the McCormick Marimba Festival!) The orchestra world (particularly in the USA) is currently rife with intrigue, politics, passionate zealots and somewhere in the midst… great music. Over the past few weeks there have been some interesting observations touching on the borders of three particular topics, and not being one for averting the unpopular or difficult, I shall name them right here, right now: Keep the penguins? Nostalgia. What makes music beautiful? There we have it. I’m serious. OK, so the titles themselves may not ring any bells with you, but let me explain: Penguins. As in,…

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    Memory lane: Was it good, bad or empty?

    Each month I keep an eye on the conversations I’m having with people to find topics for my next #OrchChat – an hour of discussion on Twitter about orchestras. Usually the three topics of each chat are quite diverse but so far have somehow bled into each other. It’s really a fascinating hour. Click here to read the transcript of January’s #OrchChat Over the past couple of weeks there is one conversation that has cropped up several times from several sources, including the excellent & brief daily snippet of arts news You’ve Cott Mail, and I was just wondering about your experience in the arts. This topic just might be…

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    #OrchChat – January 2013

    Twitter was the home of another FABULOUS discussion amongst some passionate orchestra enthusiasts last night! #OrchChat was scheduled for one hour and although it got off to a slow start, people from around the world joined in and the discussions got meaty. I’m thrilled so many people participated and some have already made terrific suggestions for next month’s session. The three topics we explored, with very interesting perspectives from performers and audiences, were: Public Self-Condemnation: does the language orchestras use turn people off? Dull vs. Sparkling: ballet, opera, film, video games all have visual elements. Are orchestra concerts boring? Why should orchestras use Twitter? What are your thoughts about these…