At last year’s League of American Orchestras conference in Seattle, they put on a sexist rapper to entertain the delegates, many of whom declared that this was just what they’d always wanted from a symphony orchestra.
At this year’s gathering, the Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Most performed the following programs:
1 Strauss: Daphne
2 Beethoven: Pastoral Symphony; Strauss: Symphonia Domestica
3 Messiaen Hymne, Chronochromie, followed by Dvorak 5th symphony.
Get the message? No frills, no spills, not even a star soloist. Just music at the highest possible level of execution, performed with passion, concentration and a sense of mission.
Get the message? Get serious about music, America.