P&L

No Special Rules Apply to “High Culture”

This article about the closing of the New York City Opera's interesting because it explores several different themes about why the organization failed recently. It compares the death of the New York City Opera itself to the tragic life story of Anna Nicole Smith, who was the subject of the New York City Opera's final performance.It may be intellectually interesting to try to find the broader cause of a failure like this one, but until someone does and shares...

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Experience

The Great Thing About a Live Event Is It Includes You

I had fun reading this article, in which the author complains about her recent trip to an Elton John concert. The problem was that people were singing along to Elton's songs so much that she couldn't even hear Elton sing.I sympathize, kinda.But not really. Because the last thing in the world that we need to drive into other forms of performed live music is a policy that requires that we sit absolutely silent at all times. See how nicely...

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News

Who’s Winning the Nutty So Far?

As of today, the House Theatre of Chicago is in the lead for the seventh annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award.But it’s super close, and anything can change. In fact, this is the big weekend for performances, so a LOT of reviews will come pouring in before we announce the winner a week from today.Keep up to date anytime by coming back to this page.

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News

New President, New Agenda for the Kennedy Center

Deborah Rutter will be the Kennedy Center's third president. This is really interesting because she's coming from a very successful run as the head of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; she has an MBA; and according to the article in the Washington Post, she's being hired as much for her management skills as her expertise in the arts.The Kennedy Center is an interesting organization to me because it's separated in so many ways from all of the pressures that most...

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Bright Ideas

Programming Decisions Should Be Reconsidered Every Couple Centuries

A lot of discussions occur about how to save classical music institutions, but I think the one that is so obvious that it almost avoids being discussed at all is content. This article makes the point that there are a handful of "Great Men," as the author calls them, whose music is the only music that orchestral institutions tend to play, at least if they're expecting to be taken seriously.Without even touching the questions of sexism or cultural elitism...

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