Orchestra managers world is moving forward rather fast in these days.
This weekend Chinese orchestras held their national 2015 summit in in Xiuning village of Anhui province, organized by the Chinese Symphony Orchestra Development Foundation (CSDF).
From April 24 to 26, the Orchestra Association of Finland (Suomen Sinfoniaorkesterit ry – SUOSIO) will celebrate its 50th anniversary and national conference in Lahti. You may find the program here. I will give a presentation on Germany’s orchestra landscape in the 25th year of peaceful reunification.
Parallel to this national event the International Artists Managers Association IAMA will held its 25th International Conference in Helsinki from April 23 to 25. Participants will join the SUSIO celebration on April 24 in Lahti.
German orchestras will meet for their triannual national orchestra conference (Deutsche Orchesterkonferenz) on May 5, 2015 in Mainz, next to Francfort (organized by DOV – German Orchestra Union). Discussions and keynotes will tackle the topic situation of arts funding from the central state, the federal states and the municipalities. Another issue will be the funding of public radio stations and radio ensembles by the public household fee (established in January 2013). Registration is open.
Deutsche Bank continues its strategic sponsoring partnership with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for another five years. This was announced at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden. The partnership started in 1989. With some 6 Mio. Euros annual support this is the biggest regular corporate funding for an orchestra in Germany.
BPhil CEO Michael Hoffmann, Sir Simon Rattle, DB Co-CEO Jürgen Fitschen (from the left) (C) Monika Rittershaus
In the past Deutsche Bank money made many things possible: the education program Zukunft@BPhil, the outstanding Digital Concert Hall or the latest education project Vocal Heroes amongst others. Digital Concerthall has reached out to more than 550.000 people around the globe. Since 2002 more than 37.000 kids and young people participated in BPhil education projects.
Full press release (in German)
The Orchestra Story Bank is a resource created by North American orchestras and the League to show the many ways in which orchestras serve communities, providing the first-hand perspective of musicians, families, and care-takers.
Through the power of music, collaboration, and collective action, orchestras serve the public in many ways. Just as the needs of one community differ greatly from those of another, each orchestra develops programs, partnerships, and performances that provide unique value to their community.
Take a look at the examples on the Story Bank and start telling your own orchestras’ stories. There are dozens!
Classical:NEXT 2015 fair will be held in Rotterdam from May 20-23, 2015 in Rotterdam (NL).
The interesting schedule is fully packed with topic issues and perspectives for the classical music industry. Classical:NEXT was born out of the simple idea to bring the diverse scenes of classical music together and offer them a forum to exchange and develop new ideas around classical and contemporary – or in a wider sense – art music. Since 2011, around 2.000 art music professionals representing 1,000 companies from more than 40 countries have engaged with Classical:NEXT and made it into the world’s most important classical music meeting.
After several delays and an explosion of costs the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie is going to be opened on January 17, 2017. Drafted as a new stunning landmark at Hamburg harbour site with great architecture the main question is about the acoustics. However, this will be a challenge and (hopefully) miracle, to be expierienced in late 2016… The promotion video looks promising!
For decades media announced the “death of classical music”, the overaging or even the extinction of the opera and concert audience. These prophecies have not been fulfilled, even not by constant repetition. On the contrary: Current audience figures and reports on attendance records show that opera and concert are more popular than ever.
Summer 2014: Berlin Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel at Festvial MV (C) Geert Maciejewski
Thus the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation for the year 2014 reported in the Great Hall a capacity utilization in the sold seats of 94%; overall utilization was 97%. In Chamber Music Hall there were 71% utilization in the sold seats, the overall utilization was 75%.
The Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin continues the upward trend for 2014: the average utilization of the events continued to rise, up 2.4% to 82.6%.
The Berlin State Opera achieved in 2014 a record load of 89% (2011: 82% 2012: 88% 2013: 88%). A total of 254,000 visitors came to the performances and concerts, of which 185,000 visitors to 332 events in Berlin, 27.000 visitors to the international guest concerts of the Staatskapelle Berlin, Barcelona, Dresden, Helsinki, Cologne, Madrid, Paris, Vienna, Wiesbaden and Yerevan and 42.000 visitors to the open-air concert by the Staatskapelle Berlin under the motto “State Opera for All” at Bebelplatz.
More than 80.000 people attended the 2014 some 150 events at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and also benefitted from the festival a record year. The New Year concerts attracted over 700 visitors to Ulrichshusen Castle. The Spring Festival Rügen in March drew 4,400 fans to chamber music Germany’s largest island and thus registered a record attendance as well as the summer season. The 127 summer events were attended by more than 73.000 people. Around 2.500 visitors attended the 2014 musical finish at the pre-Christmas concerts in Ulrichshusen and Stolpe.
Classical music is not easy to listen to. A Mahler or Bruckner symphony is a complex art work. These materpieces will remain complex, even for music lovers. How to reach out for people who are interested in classical music genarally, but don’t attend your concerts? However, if you choose the right setting, a good piece of music (freshly composed?) and a stand-up-comedian-conductor as moderator, audiences will love it. They will come back. And they will tell their friends.