Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Being interesting is the easiest way to get people interested

Chicago is filled with great composers -- so why did the Riccardo Muti choose "composers in residence" who are not already residents? Believing that local talent deserves to be on a global stage is a symptom of parochialism -- but choosing an overblown, anodyne marketing genius like Mason Bates over people who would genuinely stretch the orchestra and audience is a missed opportunity.

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