Widespread disbelief at NZSO digital home proposal
Monday, 9 November 2009, 9:47 am Press Release: Robin Maconie Widespread disbelief at NZSO digital home proposal "Naive", "desperate", and "a hoax" are among disbelieving responses to the Grow Wellington launched Lilburn Studio Trust bid to garner funds for a curiously styled $20 million digital centre for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to ...
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#1 Nov 14, 2009
Robin, you've hit the nail on the head! Wellington in general seems to be stagnating as an 'arts capital', at least music-wise. I speak from personal experience when I say the NZSM is a total disaster and has only resulted in extra paperwork, broken promises, too many americans, and loss of some excellent lecturers. The managing of the NZSO lately has been very lacklustre. As well as 'feel good' pipe dreams like this recording studio, totally uninteresting programming coupled with poorly thought out publicity and artistic strategy is resulting in a bored group of musicians and a bored audience. They also seem to be doing fewer and fewer concerts making one think how long they'll be able to justify their salaries. I think there should be changes at the top, less gallivanting around on international tours and a much greater focus on education akin to the Auckland Philharmonia's superlative education programme.
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