Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
Addict’s Symphony is a documentary that focuses on the on-going epidemic of addiction to drugs and alcohol among classical orchestra members. A participant in the documentary, Rachel Lander, a cellist turned waitress, sheds light on the lifestyle that professional musicians face on a daily basis that leads to these addictions. Composer James McConnel created this program when his son died after a heroin drug overdose in 2011.
The link to this article is here.
Sometimes as an arts manager, we forget how our decisions can affect those who we may not see or work with on a daily basis. While we may be planning over 250 concerts a year for our organization, we do not realize the impact that it might have on our musicians and staff. It is important for arts managers to remember that our decisions impact everyone single person in the organization. Please remember: we are working with human beings! 🙂