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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001519.txt from 1998/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [klarinet] Attracting Wind Ensemble Audiences
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 06:10:54 -0400

At 10:41 PM 4/26/98 EDT, Don Gross wrote:
>Trust me, it was one heck of a great concert! However, once again, even with
>a wonderful program, outstanding musicians, and fine conducting leadership,
>the members of the Claremont Symphonic Winds outnumbered the audience!! All
>of us in the Claremont Symphonic Winds (at least me, the contrabass clarinet
>player, would like to know if this is a LALA Land (Claremont is about 35
>due east of Los Angeles) phenomenon, or is there a proven way to attract an
>audience to a really outstanding concert of wind music? Is a Sunday
>performance time death? Do we "dumb down" the program?

Actually (WARNING: Heresy follows!), I DO think you should "dumb down" the
program a little. I know musicians like to play new, serious band
literature. but audiences like to hear things they know and understand:
show-tune medleys, novelties, etc. So add a little, without subtracting
the good stuff, and it might help.

Of course, even more important than that is publicity. Get in tight with
the newspaper. Our group used to have a member who worked on the paper and
we got front-page coverage in the Life or Entertainment sections before
concerts. After he died, the coverage dropped, and so did our audience!

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

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