20. February 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

I read this article about pianist Joanne MacGregor. She isn’t afraid to program unusual combinations of works. She isn’t stuck with one genre. And is sounds to me as if … well … it’s fun.

Not that what I do isn’t fun! I have the best job ever. Especially since I move from opera to symphony to musical theater* to sometimes a dash of chamber music (with the occasional punishment of ballet** thrown in).

But I’m realizing how old fashioned my notion of programing is. (So often it’s Overture-Concerto-Symphony, and we have to worry about the keys of each work and how it all works together.) And it’s time to change. I wasn’t happy with a bit ‘o programming I read about recently and now, looking it over again, I realize that I complained because it wasn’t the typical old thing! My husband suggests we need to move out of the Romantic era of programming.

Not that the programming shouldn’t make sense. I’m not saying we should serve cake with hot dogs cooked in, served on a bed of cole slaw. I do think there has to be something that makes the listener (finally – maybe even a day or so later) say “Ah. I see how that works now!” Hmmm. I like my movies to stick with me and cause me to think for days about them … and many that I didn’t quite get at first look-see become my favorites as time passes … so maybe concerts could become similar to that. I wonder.

So maybe I’m changing my tune.

The article I have linked to (above) ends with these words from MacGregor:

“Musicians do want to break out of these constraints,” she said. “It’s slightly boring to just play the same cycle of pieces over and over again.”

*I will write about enjoyment of musical theater at some point. My colleagues tend to think musicals are beneath them. I like playing them. Call me odd.

**Ballet. Sigh. Another post for another time. Not all of it is bad. Honest.
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