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New York-sized Compliments for Birmingham

25 June 2007

New Yorker cover - June 25, 2007I’m not a regular reader of The New Yorker magazine, but I came across a blog posting that led me to a book review on “What Else is New?”. Following a few links I noticed that in *today’s issue* there was an article with the subtitle “A road trip gauges the health of American regional orchestras.” What were the odds that they talked about Birmingham’s own Alabama Symphony?? It turns out, pretty good odds…

Here are some choice passages from the article:

  • “The orchestra is hardly drowning in cash—its budget is six million dollars, about a fourth of Nashville’s or of Indianapolis’s—but you wouldn’t know it from listening to the music.”
  • “In less than a year, Brown has established the Alabama as one of the country’s most adventurous regional orchestras.”

And the punchline to the whole article about regional orchestras…

  • “Great performances can happen anytime skilled players respond with unusual fervor to a conductor whose vision is secure. That’s what happened in Alabama, when an underpaid but committed orchestra put together as potent a performance of Beethoven’s revolutionary symphony as I’ve heard in several seasons.”
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  1. 25 June 2007 12:56 pm

    Ooooh, good find! 🙂

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