I’ll be flying there on Thursday, arriving in Sydney Saturday, Australian time. On July 12 I’ll be speaking at a classical music summit, organized by the Music Council.of Australia. Not a public event, I’m sorry to say, though privacy is also a good idea, to focus discussion, and encourage people to speak simply and honestly.
Then I’ll be in Melbourne, on July 15, for at least one meeting organized by the Music Board of the Australia Council.
I’ll be staying in Sydney at the Four Seasons, and in Melbourne at the Travelodge Southbank. I’ve been in touch with so many Australians, here on the blog and on Facebook and Twitter. Some I know I’ll be seeing during my visit, but everyone else — feel free to get in touch! I’m thinking I may have some free time.
As usual, when I visit somewhere new to me, I expect to learn a lot. I’m flattered that some people I know in Australia think I have something useful to say to them, but I’ll offer one caveat, right now, before my visit: I can speak with some confidence about what’s going on with classical music in the US, but I don’t claim to know what’s happening in Australia, what problems they might (or might not) be having, and what solutions to their problems might be. I hope whatever distillation of US experience I can give them will be helpful.