THE ART OF CHANGE

“Theatre is rapidly changing, and audiences shun routine and crave something special. It may take the form of a day-long event – the shared experience of watching together from morning to night forges a sense of community. But the profusion of short plays also implies that audiences are happy to have a short, sharp theatrical shock, an intense experience as a prelude to dinner. To reverse Brecht’s dictum, first come the morals, then the bread.” – The Guardian

WHY ENGLISH COMPOSERS DON’T RULE

“The term ‘English Composer’ was for so long an oxymoron that even after a century of high achievement it retains something of the pejorative. Preface it with the adjective “lesser-known”, and a mighty wave of mediocrity arises from the musical unconscious – a wave of meadowy pleasantries, warm-ale songs dressed up as symphonies and contrapuntal correctness masquerading as creative inspiration.”-  The Telegraph (UK)

USING NAPSTER TO MAKE MONEY

The music industry has always feared whatever was the latest technological advancement. “But instead of trying to burn down the bridge that now exists between users and musicians (and their labels), why not use that bridge to create, say, a list of all the people who loved the latest Dido album? Then you can talk with them when it comes time to sell her next one. What’s that worth? Well, let’s see: you can sell way more copies of her next album.” – Inside.com

NEW YORK PHIL HELD HOSTAGE – DAY 486

The New York Philharmonic search for a new music director drags on – indeed, the orchestra seems further away from making a decision than it was a few months ago. “I think everybody would like to get the thing over and done with. But at the same time there is a very strong sense that we have to do it right. And there are different ideas of what `doing it right’ is.” – New York Times

NO HARRY HYPE

The Harry Potter books have been a sensation wherever they’ve been released so far. “The books have been published and released in nearly 40 countries and in nearly as many languages. But the mania seen elsewhere has not been attained in Russia. Most Russians have never heard of Harry, especially in hard-to-reach provinces. Even in Moscow, advertising and media coverage of the book release were minimal.” – The Age (Melbourne)