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June 21, 2007

Ready, Set...

by Molly Sheridan

So, it's been a compelling week of chatting about the future of the performing arts in general (and the orchestra in particular) here on ArtsJournal. At times, things started to feel a bit dark, but flying out of NYC with a crowd of people (talking about orchestra music!) and then arriving Nashville (with hundreds of other orchestra fans), it was hard not to feel much more enthusiastic about things.

Now we're here in the ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville for a 3-hour live session of Engaging Art: Research, Practice, Innovation. Though "engagement" is clearly not just about new technology, there is a heavy lean here in the room on the opportunities for audience participation that such tools allow.

Even though these are tools I work with every day in my personal and professional life, I did wonder how much this applied to the typical orchestra audience and if it was good to jump in and start using them now in audience engagement activities or if we should hang back and wait. But then I saw that Clinton campaign Sopranos spoof on CNN this morning and realized that the average American is right on the heels of the fancy technology folks; the gap is not just closing, it might have already closed. So here we go!

Posted by msheridan at June 21, 2007 11:41 AM


Hi Molly! I just wanted to tell you that I am following this conversation on the other side of Atlantic in my home country Finland. Last three weeks I spent in US on a small music festival and had many interesting conversations with my colleagues about the state of classical music in US. Today when I returned home I spotted the ASOL link in my email so of course I had to check out what's going on! I hope you have a great time there and "HI!" to all my friends who are taking part to the seminar. Sasha Mäkilä, orchestra conductor, Finland

Posted by: Sasha Mäkilä at June 21, 2007 12:00 PM

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