Friday, June 09, 2006

Is the concert deady-bones?

It's not easy getting people to come to concerts, these days, even free ones. We recently had a concert at our conservatorium in Bathurst, 3 hours west of Sydney [and a thousand miles from care] which featured a talented young woman playing Mozart, Bartok, Chopin, PDQ Bach and music by the composer of the Amelie soundtrack [French geezer: you know the one].

We did our best to promote it, but on the day only 20 or so people came along. It was an entertaining concert, and I'm sure lots of people would have enjoyed it. This concert was free for staff and students, and reasonably priced for others.

In contrast, a concert featuring Schubert's Trout quintet and a delicious meal of trout and a yummy chocolate dessert which was accompanied by music from the film Chocolat and which cost 70 smackers a ticket attracted 100 people. We thought it sounded good, too, but we didn't have the 140 smackers!

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