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The Future of Orchestras – PART 1

Proms AnnouncerThe endemic crises being faced by orchestras the world over, heightened by the well-publicised failure of several orchestras in the USA in recent times, has a corollary in the current problems that have beset our own Orchestra Victoria (OV).  For those of you not local to Melbourne, OV is primarily a service orchestra for our national Ballet and Opera companies.

To gain a brief, but erudite perspective on the general malaise of some of the world’s fine cultural music institutions, I suggest a quick read of the 2 July 2011 Issue of Classical Music (pp. 29-31) filed by New York journalist, Susan Elliott.  It is fascinating and excellently written, albeit dismal in its findings.

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“The Dramatists Guild Conference” June 9 – 11 Fairfax, VA

blog7 picAfter spending a few days back in New York last week for meetings, I travelled down to Washington D.C. on the Acela to find my way out to Fairfax, Virginia, to attend the inaugural Dramatists Guild Conference (www.dramatistguild.com).

DG promotes the idea that it is the only professional association that advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage.  In fairness, I think Opera America (www.operaamerica.org/) also does this: both organizations providing an invaluable service to theatre practitioners, albeit with different foci and priorities.

Particularly interesting was the session, ‘Collaborations in Musical Theatre’ with Continue Reading →

“The Mapmaker’s Opera (A New Musical)”

MapMakersOpera_Cue_25_Screen_ShotIt is with both relief and subdued excitement that we can announce the new Kazan/Purcell Musical, The Mapmaker’s Opera; based on the novel of the same name by Canadian author, Béa Gonzalez, is finally underway. mapmakersopera.com

For those of you who do not know this novel, go buy it and read!

I know this has been on the backburner for far too long, and too many followers and fans of Rebecca-The Musical had given up all hope that I would ever start this piece, but the good news is that music and demos are forthcoming. The MMO web site needs some serious updating which we’ll be doing in the near future and lots of new content will be added.

So, what are the main issues to have caused the unprecedented delay in moving this project forward? In a word – FLAMENCO! Continue Reading →