Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
All to frequently we see articles about orchestras and how they are in the middle of a shut out, or they’ve had to cut down costs, or they have gone bankrupt. This is often discouraging to read as an arts administrator. This orchestra is based out of one of the poorest and most dysfunctional cities. The first international attention it received was in 2010 in the German film, ‘Kinshasa Symphony.’ They are going on their first international tour and will be performing Congolese music as well as other orchestras classics.
I read this article and at first was thrilled to see an orchestra striving to succeed. However, upon further reading, the the writer doesn’t delve into the other questions that will surround the orchestra. How will this international recognition help their country? Is the orchestra, by being spearheaded by one of the most royal and wealthy men Diangienda, biased towards a specific goal? I think it will be interesting to see the reaction from respected orchestras and their leaders from their journey. Seeing other struggling orchestras looking for funding in the U.S., what will this orchestra gain from international tour?