30. November 2008 · Comments Off on Billing · Categories: Links, Ramble

To rewind the story, the incident occurred after Rozhdestvensky discovered that his name had been omitted altogether from a list of “Distinguished Conductors” in the BSO’s season brochure. He was also upset that the week’s cello soloist, Lynn Harrell, had been featured in a large photo and given top billing on a concert poster, while his name appeared only in the concert details.

I blogged about this earlier, as readers know. You can read the above quote and more here (Note: Link no longer working.), where the writer ponders the incident and more.

After the first blog entry I had told the story to my son. Then it got me thinking (Whew! Me? Thinking?!) … I know that actors have contracts that state how they are billed. I wonder if conductor’s agents do the same thing? Does anyone know? I know that billing can be a huge deal for actors. I worked for a musical theatre company quite some time ago, and I remember them working over how they would create their posters, making sure to follow all the actors’ requirements, along with the requirements of the rental company from which the music was rented (composers and lyricists get their billing too, if I recall correctly). I wonder if musicians have the same issues. I do see that in the altered poster, pictured in the article I’ve linked to above, gives that replacement conductor top billing. Hmm.

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