The traditional classical music concert format (“subscription”) was created in a different time. Since then, our industry has undergone its own version of climate change. The world around us has evolved dramatically, and classical music institutions that do not adapt will struggle to survive. I believe that orchestras can thrive forever, if they can adapt to the changing needs and expectations of new generations of potential music lovers.
I have designed and scripted dozens of alternative format concerts for people who needed to know more in order to enjoy more. Through the years there were various names for various series (Exposé, Concert of the Future, Soundbytes, Symphony With a Splash, Behind The Notes). Some were light-hearted and entertaining (Soundbytes, Symphony With a Splash), others were more probing and philosophical (Behind the Notes, Concert of the Future). Most recently, I have worked with the uniquely talented Steve Hackman to develop his hybrid formats, such as the “mashup” programs.
As a consultant for Concert Innovations, I can adapt an existing program and script for your orchestra, or create an entirely new one. I can host the concert, or your conductor can, or I can help you find someone else to host and I can help with stage direction.