(this came to my attention care of Sam’s excellent blog)
Nico Muhly has an interesting game that he played with the New York Philharmonic’s season opener – which was:
Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Ibert Flute Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
They initially decided to try to make the program worse, which it seems they weren’t able to bring themselves to do, then they tried to make it better in terms of what they want to see in the concert hall, namely a mix of new and old in interesting combinations.
It’s a good mental exercise, and one that could be made with any set of programs.
Take a look at the upcoming OSO programs – is there one that has you scratching your head?Â How would you make it better and more interesting for you?
Read Muhly’s entire entry here.