From Scott Cantrell in Dallas Morning News: The old overture-concerto-symphony model, with no real relationship among the pieces, gives no identity to a concert, no marketing hook. It’s just another ‘one from column A, one from column B’ mishmash. Slapping alliterative labels for single pieces on concerts — ‘Marvelous Mozart,’ ‘Bombastic Beethoven,’ ‘Ravishing Ravel’ — is pretty lame.
From Wall Street Journal: High-culture attendance numbers have been shrinking for more than a decade. Even the New York City Opera wasn't too big to fail. But here's a thought: Could it be that some of these institutions should disappear?
From Tom Suddes: It’s not the Event that creates the Outcome. It’s our Response to the Event that creates the Outcome. — Tim Kight
From NY Times: A century or so ago, when classical music thrived in a nation of immigrants, orchestras were a powerful force, flagship institutions that helped to put American cities on the cultural map. And the Big Five, when it coalesced, helped, with its cumulative weight, to put American orchestras firmly on the international map. No other country could boast of such a constellation.
But this landscape has changed greatly over the last half-century, much as the country’s economic, demographic and cultural landscape has, and in many of the same ways. The economic fortunes of the flagship ensembles have changed with the fortunes of their cities.
From NY Times: Some of the best-remembered moments in entertainment are dances set in New York City, in shows and movies like “Guys and Dolls,” “On the Town,” “West Side Story,” “42nd Street” and “The Band Wagon.” Now comes a campaign that urges New Yorkers to support dance as an art form. The campaign, scheduled to get under way this week, is being sponsored by Dance/NYC, a nonprofit organization that was spun off in January from the national organization Dance/USA. The campaign, which is being created internally at Dance/NYC, carries the theme “New Yorkers for dance.”
From We Love Ad: NYCB Art Series commissions contemporary artists to create original works of art inspired by our unique energy, spectacular dancers, and one-of-a-kind repertory of ballets. New York City Ballet has worked with leading and emerging artists throughout the Company’s history — luminaries like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Julian Schnabel. We are proud to continue this tradition by partnering with Brooklyn-based artists FAILE for the inaugural year of Art Series.
Faile's installation, Les Ballets De Faile, was created for the Art Series performances on Friday, February 1, and Wednesday, May 29. On these dates, every seat in the house is available for just $29, and each audience member will receive a limited-edition work made specifically for this event.
From September Industry: These images were previously seen in OK-RM’s portfolio (they designed these pieces at North prior to setting up OK-RM), but they were taken down a few years back to make way for new work and now, their new site (a proper feature will come soon).
Nevertheless, many of you who know North well will see these images a think to yourself: “legendary work, brings back good memories,” but many of you who are either new to SI and/or North will not be familiar with this work at all, and that is one of the reasons why I decided to go ahead with this new series in the first place – design this good needs to be appreciated by all, it shouldn’t stay locked away in a computer folder and admired by a select few.
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