A Tempo: Sexual Abuse in the Classical Music World. With allegations of sexual abuse beginning to ripple through the classical music world, what roles and responsibilities do performing arts organizations have? A Tempo explores that theme Saturday at 7 pm in a conversation with arts consultant Drew McManus, author of the blog Adaptistration.com.
Drew McManus discusses the top stories of 2014.
Resolving the Metropolitan Opera Contract disputes. Guests: Jennifer Maloney, reporter, Wall Street Journal, and Drew McManus, consultant and author of Adaptistration blog. Also: Music critic Lawrence Johnson on the American Music Project foundation.
MPR.org Cathy Wurzer talks to Drew McManus about whether or not the Minnesota Orchestra is doomed after Vanska’s departure 10/2/2013 MPR’s Morning Edition
Drew McManus participates as a Conducting Business panelist to talk about How Troubled Orchestras Can Bounce Back And Flourish 9/14/2012 – WQXR
Drew McManus talks to Joe Elliot (again) about the Louisville Orchestra Labor Dispute 11/17/2011 – 970WGTK Conservative Talk Radio
Drew McManus talks to Joe Elliot about the Louisville Orchestra Labor Dispute 10/26/2011 – 970WGTK Conservative Talk Radio
Drew McManus on WQZR’s Conducting Business to discuss executive compensation 9/19/2011 – 970WGTK Conservative Talk Radio
SMACKDOWN: CONCERT SIMULCASTS August 24, 2010 – WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer. As opera houses and orchestras simulcast their performances into movie theatres across the country, critics charge that it’s turning classical music into a cheap reality show. Fans say it’s as addictive as popcorn. It’s our Soundcheck Smackdown debate.
Tim Page, professor of music and journalism at the University of Southern California and former Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic at the Washington Post and Drew McManus, an orchestra consultant who writes the blog Adaptistration, debate whether these screenings are a way to make opera accessible to more people…or just cheap seats.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A PROFESSIONAL? April 07, 2009 – CBC One’s Definitely Not The Opera with Sook-Yin Lee and Joff Schmidt
DISCUSSING THE STATE OF THE ORCHESTRA FINANCES January 15, 2009 – WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer. The global financial crisis is beginning to take its toll on the music sector, from the orchestra field, which has seen similar belt-tightening, right down to individual musicians, who are taking up second jobs. We speak with Drew McManus, orchestra consultant and blogger at Adaptistration, and Los Angeles Times contributor Blair Tindall, author of “Mozart in the Jungle.”
DISCUSSING THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC TRIP TO NORTH KOREA February 26, 2008 – WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer. Two views on the orchestra’s trip, from Drew McManus, an orchestra consultant and author of the blog Adaptistration; and Norman Lebrecht, British cultural critic and author of several books on the orchestra world.
Part 1 0:00 – Introduction – Blogging 2:33 – New trends in American orchestras 6:53 – Change in organizational structures: The Nashville Symphony
Part 2 4:36 – Philanthropy and fundraising 8:45 – Learning about management in the music schools
Part 3 6:43 – Collective bargaining agreements as a tool for sustainability
Part 4 0:42 – Representation in the orchestral governance: The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra 4:51 – Challenges in music education: the new musician
Part 5 2:23 – The Orchestra Leadership Academy and other programs
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY TO SELL OFF PRIZED INSTRUMENTS March 12th, 2007 – WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer. Drew McManus, orchestra consultant and blogger at Artsjournal.com looks at why the New Jersey Symphony is selling its 30 “Golden Age” string instruments.
CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA TO WINTER IN MIAMI March 18th, 2007 – NPR’s Nation, weekend edition, with Vivian Goodman reporting. The Cleveland Orchestra, among the world’s finest, has ventured south to find financial support. Its winter home will be the Miami Performing Arts Center, built to house the now-bankrupt Florida Philharmonic.
NO MUSIC LEFT BEHIND November 30th, 2006 – WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer. Juilliard and Carnegie Hall have launched a new project designed to send musicians into New York’s public schools. Orchestra consultant and blogger Drew McManus and Dr. Thomas Wolf, author of the Magic Of Music final report from the Knight Foundation, offer their views.
NO MUSIC LEFT BEHIND November 30th, 2006 – WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer
Juilliard and Carnegie Hall have launched a new project designed to send musicians into New York’s public schools. Orchestra consultant and blogger Drew McManus and Dr. Thomas Wolf, author of the Magic Of Music final report from the Knight Foundation, offer their views.
In April, 2006, Mr. McManus had the honor of moderating a discussion panel for NewMusicBox’s, Orchestra Summit 2006. The panel consisted of six individuals, each representing a different group of stakeholders involved with the creation, programming, and performance of new orchestral music. The discussion itself tackled a number of contentious issues and sparked several debates between panelists.
NewMusicBox’s Molly Sheridan and Lyn Liston transcribed the entire discussion and Randy Nordschow is responsible for the video presentation. The two options provide an entirely entertaining version of the discussion panel; one offering full details of what was said by each individual and the other offering a multimedia presentation edited down to four practical segments.
Watch the video and read the transcript at NBX.
TO APPLAUD OR NOT TO APPLAUD? December 9th, 2005 – WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer. Arts bloggers Drew McManus and Doug Ramsey discuss the conventions of applauding in classical music and jazz.
Marin Alsop goes to Baltimore
The board of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra voted last week to appoint American conductor Marin Alsop to its top artistic post. The decision comes in spite of opposition from the orchestra’s musicians. We get the scoop from Drew McManus, a Baltimore-based author of Adaptistration a blog about arts administration on Artsjournal.com.
Marin Alsop will be the next conductor of the Baltimore Symphony, making history as the first woman to be named the musical director of such a major orchestra. But in the final days before the decision, there have been dissenting voices from the musicians on the search committee.
May is “Take a Friend to Orchestra Month,” a new initiative started by Drew McManus, author of the blog “Adaptistration” at Artsjournal.com, in order to bring newcomers to the concert hall. In the spirit of the month, Drew has taken host John Schaefer’s brother Jerry to a concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Jerry has previously never been to an orchestral concert, busy as he is running a lumber yard in Queens.
POWER AND CORRUPTION IN THE STRING WORLD March 28th, 2005 – WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer
THE MUSICAL STEROID? October, 26th, 2004 – WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer. The arguments against performance enhancing drugs in athletics are pretty clear-cut: they’re illegal, unsafe and unethical. But how about classical music? As it happens, the use of an anxiety-reducing drug called Inderal is helping an increasing number of musicians endure stressful auditions and solo performances. The drug is legal, non-habit-forming, and has no serious side effects, and yet, many musicians argue that using it amounts to cheating. We examine the issue today with musician, arts consultant and blogger Drew McManus, and we also take your calls.