Youâ€™ve probably heard the news. In a comprehensive front page story published in Sundayâ€™s Democrat and Chronicle, Stuart Low reported the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra may be facing an operating shortfall in excess of $700,000.
A study by the Internet-based market research firm Harris Interactive revealed that 57 percent of Americans ended 2011 with unused vacation time, working, on average, 11 of their allotted days off. Thatâ€™s 70 percent of their potential time to relax and spend time with family and friends!
Why do so many of us work rather than rest?
We might take a cue from classical musicians who find creative ways to combine work and pleasure, especially in the summer months.
We often talk about the power of partnerships, whether itâ€™s two organizations finding some symbiotic energy to address a community problem or two groups discovering that there is a parallel in their missions that can be made stronger by working together. A great example of both those is the upcoming Education Takes the Stage Luncheon.
I was preparing a Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concert for broadcast the other day, and it struck me that the two works on the program had wildly differing sound wave patterns, even though they were recorded at the same levels. This was interesting!
Here's a quiz. See if you can tell which of these sound files is . . .
Former RPO Music Director Christopher Seaman is returning to Rochester the first week of March to conduct the RPO, mark his 70th birthday, and to celebrate the release of the RPOâ€™s latest harmonia mundi recording, featuring Ralph Vaughan Williamsâ€™ A London Symphony and Serenade to Music.
Syracuse University officials fed a miracle pill to the city's dead Symphony, and they say that with love and care, it may revive soon. Read the latest here. Meanwhile, troubles began in Montreal, and New York City Opera