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Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.20.16

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:53:20 +0000

The future of classical music I’m often asked what I think the future of classical music will be. Here’s a summary of what I think. It’s been sitting quietly in the Resources section of my blog, but it’s time to give it some bigger play. … read more AJBlog: Sandow Published 2016-10-20 Reshuffling the Deck: An […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.19.16

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:44:38 +0000

The essence of every picture I’ve offered a few posts recently on the craft and qualities of language in advancing purposeful work. … But to me, the most essential and the most often missing aspect of any productive conversation is the frame. … read more AJBlog: The Artful Manager Published 2016-10-19 KQED is encouraging entrepreneurship and […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.18.16

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:42:54 +0000

Big Stakes For This Art Week Tempus fugit! I’ve been meaning to write more about The European Fine Art Fair’s arrival in New York later this week, but have not had the time. But you can bet that I will be there, … read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2016-10-18 Artistic Excellence and Mutual […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.17.16

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:17:41 +0000

Welcome to … Where Are We? Danish Dance Theatre comes to the Joyce Theater, October 13-16. Help! I’ve been sucked into a nightmarish world known only to people who’ve seen too much dance. … read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2016-10-17 Inspiring talk The talks at the important — and inspiring — DePauw School of Music […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 10.16.16

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 18:00:56 +0000

 Four Trends In Understanding Audience: Measurement, Streaming and Politics This Week: Is there a correlation between value and attention in the arts?… Data’s in: the plus/minuses of live-streaming… Some ideas from a researcher on measuring aesthetic experience… How might the arts weigh in … read more AJBlog: AJ Arts Audience Published 2016-10-16 People will talk In today’s Wall […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.13.16

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:57:22 +0000

Rejoicing Well, I think it’s thrilling that Bob Dylan won his Nobel prize. One of the most profound artists alive today. Someone who goes very deep in me. … read more AJBlog: Sandow Published 2016-10-13 Colliding Ideas Tere O’Connor Dance appears at the Joyce Theater in the second week of NY Quadrille. … read more AJBlog: […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.12.16

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:27:50 +0000

Monday Recommendation: Cecil Payne & Duke Jordan Cecil Payne & Duke Jordan, Brooklyn Brothers (Elemental Music) This classic pairing is an essential repertoire item in Elemental Music’s series reissuing Xanadu albums from the 1970s. Payne (1922-2007) was among the great baritone saxophonists … read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2016-10-12 Dr. Richard Wang, enabler of AACM […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.11.16

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:05:19 +0000

Keep It Simple In speeches, presentations, and workshops, I frequently get to the Q&A session and find myself faced with not a few perplexed expressions. In general, people understand the importance of community engagement. However, staff members … read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2016-10-11 Picasso and the Perfectly Bearable Likeness of Being Picasso was, […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.10.16

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:39:51 +0000

Profiling Audiences in Pittsburgh and Charlotte (my new home town) I am in the midst of another big life change, having recently moved from rural Maine to Charlotte …The arts scene here in this bustling boom town, where the population is increasing by nearly 20,000 people a year and every other corner features a new […]

Top AJBlogs From The Weekend 10.09.16

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 03:05:48 +0000

This Week In Understanding Audience: What Does The Audience “Own”? and Do We Tell Audiences Too Much? This Week: Do you own the culture you just bought?… How did TV become the medium for complexity?… Should we keep audiences in the dark about what they’ll see?… Measuring the effectiveness of arts policy … read more AJBlog: […]

This Weekend’s AJBlogs Highlights 10.09.16

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 20:15:20 +0000

(image) This Week In Understanding Audience: What Does The Audience “Own”? and Do We Tell Audiences Too Much?This Week: Do you own the culture you just bought?… How did TV become the medium for complexity?… Should we keep audiences in the dark about what they’ll see?… Measuring the effectiveness of arts policy … read more AJBlog: AJ […]dance-108915_1280

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.06.16

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 08:42:16 +0000

Diversity at the NSO — what could have been Four things the National Symphony could have done to bring diversity to the classical half of their season-opening gala: … read more AJBlog: Sandow Published 2016-10-06 Music, Music Everywhere, And Not a Chance To Think Whether the music is by The Beach Boys, Bill Evans, Bach […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.05.16

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 07:55:36 +0000

Which is the Inimitable Don? Jones’s Giovanni Søren Kierkegaard said in Either/Or: Because Don Giovanni desires in each and every woman the whole of womanhood, his behaviour has to be judged aesthetically, not ethically. Richard Jones has, I think, taken this seriously. … read more AJBlog: Plain English Published 2016-10-05 Snapshot: Joni Mitchell sings “California” on […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.04.16

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:49:42 +0000

ABCD and Community Engagement For those who have been fostering connections between art and communities for years, the term Arts-Based Community Development is well known and, while not a perfect expression of the work, one that is immediately recognizable and understood in the field. … read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2016-10-04 The perpetual now […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.03.16

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 07:46:26 +0000

Maastricht, AKA Tefaf, Comes to New York Tefaf – most often discussed by its location as in “are you going to Maastricht this year?” – is to my mind the most interesting and best art fair in the world. The participating dealers, usually numbering about 270, presents art from antiquity to the present. It’s huge. … […]

Highlights From This Weekend’s AJBlogs 10.02.16

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 19:38:56 +0000

This Week In Audience: Measuring Audience Value – Three Things We Learned About Audiences This Week: How are we measuring the value that audiences get for their money?… Think you own the culture you just bought? In the digital age, maybe you don’t… Wow!  fan conventions are making … read more AJBlog: AJ Arts Audience Published 2016-10-02 […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.29.16

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:30:59 +0000

“Art Is Good?” Not Much Of An Argument For Art Is It? I suggested in a post this week that, based on the lack of any arts business before the 114th US Congress, that it appears that lobbying for the arts seems to be failing. … read more AJBlog: diacritical | Douglas McLennan Published 2016-09-29 Tech Crash […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.28.16

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:01:41 +0000

What should Congress do about the arts? I am going to urge caution on the vision thing. Because aside from “art is good”, reasonable people can differ on what that vision ought to be. … read more AJBlog: For What It’s Worth Published 2016-09-28 Miles Davis: Long Time Gone This is how co-host Renee Montaigne of […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.27.16

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:47:09 +0000

Arts Congressional Report Card: Why The Arts Have No Political Clout Americans for the Arts Action Fund PAC has released its 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card rating members of Congress on their support for the arts. Many lobby groups do such rankings as a way of … read more AJBlog: diacritical | Douglas McLennan Published […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.26.16

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:38:30 +0000

Thinking and speaking Most of us have been admonished from an early age to ‘think before you speak.’ But it turns out that speaking doesn’t work that way. … read more AJBlog: The Artful Manager Published 2016-09-26 More inspiration from DePauw Only one event at the seminal 21CMposium at DePauw University was in standard conference format […]

Highlights From This Weekend’s AJBlogs 09.25.16

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:00:22 +0000

Man Down! We’ve Lost Andrew Sullivan: The Battle For The Real World Is Coming For You Is reality just a construct of the online world or is the online world merely an overlay on reality? Every new technological advance that extends our reach also imposes previously unnecessary decisions about how and …read more AJBlog: diacritical/Douglas […]

Today’s AJBlogs Highlights

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:28:57 +0000

John Coltrane At 90 There are so many options that it is difficult to know what to bring you today to observe the great saxophonist John Coltrane’s (1926-1967) 90th birthday. Among Coltrane’s hundreds of recordings and videos, no doubt … read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2016-09-23 Man Down! We’ve Lost Andrew Sullivan: The Battle For The Real […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.22.16

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:17:25 +0000

The most inspiring conference … … that I’ve ever been at … This was the DePauw School of Music 21Cymposium, held the weekend before last. I gave the keynote talk, but … later for that. What inspired me about this event wasn’t anything I said, … read more AJBlog: Sandow Published 2016-09-22 Little man, big trouble Mrs. […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.21.16

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:30:00 +0000

Four Forms of Inquiry In my last post, I shared four forms of speech that define a richer and clearer palette of conversation in meetings (or in life). The two I find most absent or abused … in purposeful conversation are inquiring and framing. So I wanted to dig into each of them in turn. read more AJBlog: […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.20.16

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:27:46 +0000

Some Of Our Orchestras Seem To Be Thriving – Is This A New Trend? There’s been a change in the news coming out of symphony orchestras over the past summer. Usually there’s a background drumbeat of struggle as orchestras fight to stay alive. But for months now, the beat has shifted, and we’re hearing about […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.19.16

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:27:37 +0000

What Neuroscientists Know About The Brain And Creativity: It’s Disruptive, Not Systematic It appears many of us want a formula for creativity. There are 11,386 books on creativity for sale on Amazon, most of them promising to unlock the secrets of being creative. Scientists studying how the brain works are … read more AJBlog: diacritical/Douglas […]

Highlights From This Weekend’s AJBlogs

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:59:26 +0000

(image) So What Exactly Is A “Quantitative” Measure Of The Arts? Arts Council England says it will use a standardized assessment system called Quality Metrics in evaluating the arts it it considers funding. The system has been developed over several years and is an attempt to create … read more AJBlog: diacritical/Douglas McLennan Published 2016-09-18 Weekend Extra: Three Views […]hand-1571843_1280

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.15.16

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:05:55 +0000

Michael Hersch, 9/11, and the twin towers of light The way we now live is increasingly unthinkable, with the daily news over the summer carrying accounts of one mass-killing disaster after another. What do you do with that? One answer was to be had at the the Lower East Side venue known as The Spectrum. […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.14.16

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:01:19 +0000

Why Music And The Concert Experience Are On The Front Lines Of Virtual Reality Following on my post from yesterday about anticipating the kinds of experiences people will want from concerts comes this article from Wired about virtual reality and music. Evidently creating content for virtual reality is proving to be a challenge and music is […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.13.16

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:13:30 +0000

The New York Philharmonic’s New Hall Is An Opportunity To Rethink The Orchestra Experience (And Amplify It) Last week Michael Cooper made a plea to the New York Philharmonic for some upgrades to the concert amenity experience when the orchestra overhauls Geffen Hall in 2019. … I’d like to second his suggestions and add a […]