The San Francisco Symphony’s American Orchestra Forum brings together voices from diverse cultural perspectives and the general public to explore the 21st-century American orchestra. Topics include how orchestras connect with their communities; how orchestras balance creativity and innovation with artistic traditions and practices; and what orchestras can learn about changing audience patterns and engagement strategies from looking outside their own industry.
Chapter Ten: Looking Ahead, in Philadelphia and Beyond
In both its difficulties and its stategies for confronting and transcending them, The Philadelphia Orchestra strikes a resonant chord with other American orchestras, large and small. This podcast was developed from a June 2012 behind-the-scenes discussion with leaders from The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Chapter Nine: Considering Audiences, Part 2
Confronted with fundamental changes in their audiences, orchestras are thinking about what they do and how they do it as never before. In this chapter we explore some of the ideas, innovations, optimism and uneasiness of the American orchestra, as it finds it way toward the audiences of the future. This podcast was developed from a May 2012 live forum event with The New York Philharmonic and backstage interviews.
Chapter Eight: Considering Audiences, Part 1
Like many relationships in our times, the orchestra’s relationship to its audience has changed, grown more volatile, and become anything but straightforward. This podcast was developed from a May 2012 live forum event and a behind-the-scenes conversation with The Cleveland Orchestra in April 2012.
Chapter Seven: The View from Cleveland
The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras in by far the smallest market supporting such an institution. This podcast was developed from a behind-the-scenes conversation with leaders from The Cleveland Orchestra in April 2012 and an interview with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst.
Chapter Six: The Creative Challenge, Off the Stage
Orchestras today are challenged as never before to find creative ways of making music and making it matter to their communities. This podcast was developed from the public Forum in March 2012 and a “Conducting Business” podcast by New York radio station WQXR.
Chapter Five: Orchestral Creativity, on the Stage
Where does the marvel of musical creativity come from and how does it work? This podcast examines the ways in which creativity can flourish, or falter, in the symphony orchestra hall. Drawn from the March 2012 public Forum, participants include Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams and Mason Bates.