Dance as a Luxury Product: the Post 9/11 Environment

September 16th, 2014

The Slovak National Dance Congress 2014 recently asked me to speak about the state of New York City dance. Since I’ve been living in New York City on and off since 1979, I felt up to the task. In the following slides (which have been converted into a movie), I tease out the changes that have occurred for New York City concert dancers following 9/11. What I found most striking (and dismaying) in my research was that the U.S. capital of Terpsichore is increasingly recognizing dancers and dance organizations not as the obvious—as artists and art groups—but as brands for luxury consumption.

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The World’s Greatest Living Conductor?

September 13th, 2014

By: Frank Cadenhead “Georges Prêtre? Wasn’t he Maria Callas’ favorite conductor? He’s still alive?” This is frequently the reaction in the English-speaking world to a name which is now iconic in Vienna. Prêtre, who celebrated his 90th birthday just 33 days ago, was in the news this week because his broken thigh bone, from a […]

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Musikfest Berlin takes German Focus

September 11th, 2014

By Rebecca Schmid The annual 20th-century music festival Musikfest Berlin (Sept.2-22) this year undertook the ambitious agenda of exploring the evolution of the orchestra from Brahms and Strauss to Lachenmann and Widmann. Intriguing programs have emerged at the Philharmonie, with a roster of guest ensembles ranging from the Munich Philharmonic to the Cleveland Orchestra alongside […]

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The Recipe For Confusion

September 11th, 2014

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    Dear Law and Disorder: We obtained a three year O-1 visa for one of our artists. We are the artist’s agent and served as his petitioner. A large venue wants to book the artist, but they are insisting that, according to their finance department, they cannot pay us as […]

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A Message from Edna Landau

September 10th, 2014

To All Our Loyal Readers: Over this past summer, I came to the sad conclusion that it is time to take leave of “Ask Edna”. I have greatly enjoyed addressing a wide variety of questions on this blog and will continue to offer career advice through my other professional career development activities. I will miss […]

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Career = Time, Money, Passion

September 9th, 2014

Daniel Bernard Roumain Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) is a classically trained composer, performer, violinist, and band-leader celebrated for creating innovative multi-genre works. He collaborates with artists like Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover, and Lady Gaga, and as Crain’s NY Business put it—“most classical musicians don’t run a business the […]

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“Competitions are for Horses.”

September 7th, 2014

By: Frank Cadenhead Debussy’s pithy remark was not the first complaint about classical music competitions but recently the whole idea of competitions has been taking a beating. The Paris newspaper Le Figaro, a few days ago, used the International Singing Competition in the city of Toulouse as a point of departure for questioning the need […]

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The Oblique Censor, Part 1 of 3

September 5th, 2014

By James Conlon The following is adapted from James Conlon’s Keynote Address at the symposium “Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union: Echoes and Consequences” on August 9, 2014, presented by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School in Los Angeles with the cooperation of the Orel Foundation. […]

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Opening Pandora’s Box

September 4th, 2014

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    Dear Law and Disorder: Loved your recent Musical American newsletter article on ethics.  As a manager, I was very interested when you wrote: “Indeed, the time is long overdue to start considering changes to the long standing paradigms and business models between managers and artists that, for many reasons […]

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How to Determine What to Charge for Your Concerts and Events

September 1st, 2014

Ran Dank and Soyeon Lee International prize-winning pianists, Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank started Music by the Glass in 2013 to create “an intimate, exhilarating and stimulating musical experience.” Taking place in art galleries in New York City, Music By The Glass is the first classical concert series in the US with a goal […]

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