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Roger Tomlinson: Measuring An Audience? But What Are You Measuring?

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:01:52 +0000

(image) "I have been a champion of audience data for a long time. I conducted my first year-long audience survey at the Vic in Stoke on Trent in 1969, supervised by Keele University. I have been commissioning research surveys for over 40 years and the Arts Council published my book ‘Boxing Clever’ on turning data into audiences […]question

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Scotland's National Orchestra Gets A New Music Director

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:31:47 +0000

(image) Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård first appeared with the RSNO in November 2009 as a last-minute replacement for a sick conductor and went on to lead lauded performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No11 in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He was appointed to the position of Principal Guest Conductor in 2011 and since then has appeared with the RSNO […]

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How Julie Kent Is Making Over Washington Ballet

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:02:28 +0000

(image) Unlike some incoming directors, Ms. Kent has not tried to remake the company in her image by quickly replacing large numbers of dancers with her recruits. (S he has not let anyone go, though she has added four dancers.) Ruthlessness is not her style.24ASTRONAUT1-blog427

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Canadian Music Festivals Are Having A Tough Go Right Now

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:02:22 +0000

(image) "Running outdoor live music events is a tough gig across Canada, especially with the dollar hovering at 74 cents against the US dollar over the past two years, making bargaining for headline bands difficult in a world where the festival circuit is booming both in and outside Canada."pemberton-music-festival

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What Really Determines The Size Of An Orchestra Audience? The Conductor? Program? Place?

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:34:09 +0000

(image) "Professionally, of course, I’m always interested in the size and composition of whatever audience turns up for a concert. It’s an ongoing fascination to try and work out what factors have gone into a particular turnout. The reality can sometimes be surprising."image

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Justin Davidson Mulls The Point Of Criticism After NYT Critic Declines To Review Restaurant And Writes About It Anyway

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:02:39 +0000

(image) "No critic can know what another diner brings to the table or an audience member to a concert hall, what vicarious joy—or scorn—a reader draws from a review. Which is why I object to one of Pete Wells’s most ringing self-justifications for taking a pass on this particular restaurant: that the people who eat there […]24-noma-mexico.w710.h473.2x

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Claim: On The West Coast Women Are Getting More Visibility In Opera

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:32:01 +0000

(image) “First and foremost, if you ask little girls what a scientist looks like, it’s Einstein. If you ask adults what does a composer look like, they would think of men – like Mozart.  And if you look in the seasons of the major orchestras and opera houses, it’s not some big secret. There is music […]kaija_saariaho

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Why Terrorists Attack Performance Venues Like The Manchester Arena And The Bataclan

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:01:26 +0000

(image) Alyssa Rosenberg: "The killers who carry out such acts of terrorism aren't simply launching assaults on Western culture. They're attempting to destroy the particular freedom that comes from surrendering to art, exploiting the very vulnerability that accompanies that surrender."why terrorists attack venues

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Dense American Cities Are Becoming Denser. Less Dense Cities Are Becoming Less Dense

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:25:51 +0000

(image) There’s a clear pattern in which metro areas are becoming more urban: Dense metros are getting denser. Meanwhile, sprawling metro areas are spreading out further. It’s another example of a polarized America, of places becoming more unlike each other: not only with respect to income inequality and politics, but also with growth patterns.25up-cities1-master768

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The Writers And Directors For 'I Love Dick' Are Mostly Female - And The Sex Scenes Are Wilder Because Of It

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:02:55 +0000

(image) Showrunner Jill Soloway and several of the show's actresses, as well as the (male) director of photography, talk about how the different atmosphere on set and in the scripts (yes, including the lack of "the male gaze") makes everyone willing to take bigger risks.i-love-dick

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Director Of Arizona Commission On The Arts Resigns

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:31:54 +0000

(image) "Robert Booker led the state Arts Commission through an often challenging period marked by recession-era budget reductions and major shifts in the state’s public policy environment. Nevertheless, under Booker’s leadership, the Arts Commission distinguished itself as one of the state’s most resilient, responsive, fiscally responsible agencies, and one of the nation’s boldest and most innovative […]img_3508

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The 90-Year-Old Director Of 'Shoah' Bluffed His Way Into North Korea - Where He Had Once Had A Lover

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:03:21 +0000

(image) Claude Lanzmann told the DPRK authorities that he was shooting a film about tae kwon do - and he kept it up with his ever-present government minders, who believed him. In reality, he was revisiting the scene of an affair some 60 years earlier.claude lanzmann

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Playwright Threatens Theatre If It Holds Audience Discussions After Performances

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:31:32 +0000

(image) During Outvisible's run of Oleanna, which closed in early April, the creative team (as they apparently do with all of their productions) wanted to host talk back sessions with the audience, who had just seen the show. That was until they received contact from a Dramatists representative, who holds the license to Oleanna, on behalf […]oleanna_5

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This Indie Bookstore Got A Year's Worth Of Orders In A Single Day, Thanks To A Tweet

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:04:49 +0000

(image) "[Bestselling author Shea Serrano] decided on Wednesday to direct his 135,000 Twitter followers to the Carmichael's online store. His goal was to generate 1,000 orders in one day. It took less than five hours."Carmichaels

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How A Colorado Arts Center Collapsed, As Warnings Were Ignored Or Deflected

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:36:05 +0000

(image) Beginning two years ago, not long after a new executive director arrived, staffers and some board members at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts began discovering serious financial shenanigans: multiple bank accounts, paid-for items that had never been ordered or delivered, paychecks bouncing. The executive director kept saying things were under control; city officials, […]colorado arts center

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The Gay Period Drama The World Wasn't Ready For: Merchant And Ivory's 'Maurice' At 30

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:05:32 +0000

(image) "Adapted from a posthumously published EM Forster novel that is likewise overshadowed in reputation by other works in his canon - like, well, Howards End and A Room With a View - Merchant Ivory's film opened hot on the heels of their broadly beloved, Oscar-garlanded adaptation of the latter. Almost immediately, it was filed away […]maurice

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Merchant And Ivory's Own 45-Year Love Story

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:34:02 +0000

(image) As James Ivory, now 89 and still traveling and writing, tells Sarah Larson, "[Ismail] was my life's partner. From the beginning right on down to his final day. I lived openly with him for forty-five years, in New York and wherever else we were. That says what it says."James-Ivory

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Chicago Symphony Denies Tenure To Principal Oboe (And Lawyers Are Now Involved)

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:18:54 +0000

(image) Alex Klein had been principal oboist at the CSO before - from 1995 to 2004, when he had to resign due to the effects of focal dystonia. After a dozen years of recovery and retooling his technique, Klein re-auditioned for and returned to his old job last year, with the usual two-season probationary period. But […]cso-oboe-alex-klein

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New York City Opera Will Finally Stage The 'Brokeback Mountain' Score It Commissioned

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:03:18 +0000

(image) "The new group that reorganized City Opera and brought it out of bankruptcy announced Wednesday that it would give Brokeback" - which Gérard Mortier commissioned from composer Charles Wuorinen during that brief period he headed the company before it went bankrupt - "its United States premiere in the spring of 2018, at the end of […]brokeback opera

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Jeff Koons's 'Seated Ballerina' May Have Been, Um, 'Appropriated'

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:47:38 +0000

(image) Koons based the 45-foot-tall inflatable, currently installed at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, on his 2015 stainless-steel sculpture of the same name. It turns out that both of them bear the proverbial striking resemblance to a porcelain titled Balerina Lenochka by Oksana Zhnikrup and the The Kiev Experimental Ceramic-Art Factory. (A Koons representative has subsequently claimed […]ballerina 200

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Utah Symphony Keeps Thierry Fischer For Three More Seasons

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:32:32 +0000

(image) "Fischer's current contract [as music director] was set to expire at the end of the 2018-19 season. The new contract will mean Fischer will continue programming and conducting the Utah Symphony's concerts through the 2021-22 season."utah symphony thierry fischer

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Barbara Smith Conrad, Mezzo-Soprano Who Figured In Civil Rights Struggle, Dead At 79

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:16:40 +0000

(image) It in 1957, her first year at U. Texas-Austin - and the first year black students were admitted as undergrads - that Conrad was cast as Dido, opposite a white student, in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. She was harassed not only by white students but also by state legislators, who threatened to withhold funding from […]Barbara Smith Conrad

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Museum Of African Art In Paris To Shut Down

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:01:58 +0000

(image) "The Musée Dapper in Paris will close its doors next month, with officials citing high costs and low attendance as reasons for shutting the privately funded, non-profit museum of traditional and contemporary African art."musee dapper

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Hisham Matar's 'The Return' Wins Another Major Award

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:45:59 +0000

(image) Just last month, this memoir of the author's journey to post-Qaddafi Libya in search of his father won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Now it has received the £20,000 Rathbones Folio Prize - in the first year the honor has been open to both fiction and nonfiction.folio prize hisham matar

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Turkish Authorities Shut Down Magazine For Showing Anti-Erdoğan Graffiti In Background Of Photo

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:30:59 +0000

(image) The municipality of metro Istanbul closed 1453 Culture and Art Magazine and fired three editors for "bounderish, disrespectful and provocative content" - that content being a spray-painted "Erdo-gone! Inshallah mashallah (God willing)" on a wall behind a cat. The offending article? A cover story on a popular documentary about the city's street cats.turkish cats

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 05.24.17

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:04:08 +0000

Pillow Talk I had planned this post before Trevor O’Donnell wrote this: Is Marketing about the Consumer or the Product? Really I had. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-05-23 Claudia Quintet In Action As pointed out in a Rifftides review earlier this year, drummer John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet ... has unity of thought, purpose […]

Leadership Programs at Banff Centre

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:12:04 +0000

(image) Step into your creative potential. Take a Leadership program at Banff Centre this fall.SCBI Classroom, Leadership Development, The Banff Centre, 2015

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