Friday, February 10, 2017

The Lazy Way Out

So, looking at the season announcements that are appearing, I'm seeing some lazy bones programming.

First, every orchestra and opera company that can, and that means all of them, is going to capitalize on the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein. Both the CSO and LOC have some Bernstein scheduled, more at the CSO than LOC.

I can only imagine what we will be seeing at SFS, given MTT's relationship with Lenny. I am not sure when they are announcing, but I got the press release on February 29 last year, so, within the next three weeks.

Second, le big sigh at this, from the CSO:
Several programs during the 2017/18 season mark major composer anniversaries including the 150th anniversary of Gioachino Rossini’s death, the centennial of the birth of American composer Leonard Bernstein, the 150th birthday of Claude Debussy and the 200th birthday of Charles Gounod.
Really, that does not a coherent season make. Also: Gounod??


Bryan said...

Why lazy? Bernstein's music is usually worth hearing, and maybe MTT will give Mahler a rest for a change.

Lisa Hirsch said...

The lazy part is basing your programming on anniversaries. If the composer's music is worth hearing when he turns 70/80/90/100/150/200, it's worth hearing in non-anniversary years too.

Bryan said...

I see your point, but I think 100 is worth marking, if not 70, 80, and 90.