“Orchestra-land has a future, but it should not look like 1960”-

Excellent quote sent to me by a musician friend-

Today's players have to examine, with some urgency, new and expanded ways to connect to their communities.

No one could have foreseen the changes in technology and demographics that have developed over these last 20 years or so.

But new challenges ought to mean new opportunities as well: split orchestras, chamber music, church and liturgical performances, cooperation with local school situations, semi-staged opera, even madrigals and masses --EVERYTHING that live, beautifully trained people can do.

Orchestra-land has a future but it won't (and shouldn't) look like 1960.

Stephen Basson, Milwaukee Symphony Emeritus

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2 comments for ““Orchestra-land has a future, but it should not look like 1960”-

  1. November 13, 2010 at

    Excellent brief call to awareness on the part of every player and organization devoted to the values inherent in the works of master composers – A cherished tradition which must not be allowed to “fall behind the times” –

    • November 14, 2010 at

      Hi Wayne. You have certainly been an innovator in the field of music education, and your approach reflects the ideas in this quote. Let’s hope all our efforts succeed.

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