Sacramento Philharmonic

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My neighbor called me this morning asking me if my hubby and I would like two tickets to see SacPhil tonight. Sure! Should be interesting. In the comment section of Jon Silpayamanant’s post about the Louisville Orchestra I talked a bit about my last experience seeing them play. I’ll write about tonight’s performance tomorrow or maybe Monday and do a comparison.

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  1. I’m sure hoping to have fun. The description from their website is pretty much non-existent. So, I really have no idea, other than the list of pieces and the soloist. They really aught to do something about this because they aren’t exciting people enough to think “Hey, I really want to hear that!” In fact, it seems boring, even though I know it’s not. Also, mentioning the “virtuosity of our musicians” is absolutely absurd. You’re a professional orchestra — you’d better sound amazing. Which brings me back to something I think you said on that forum. “Play well and they will come” is so totally untrue. They played well last time — they are, after all, professional musicians — but the experience was a bit lackluster.

    But back to what I said before. Anyone who is poking around their website and sees what’s on the schedule for the season and thinks Beethoven. I like him. I wonder what they’re playing and then clicks on the link is going to be disappointed. That page is practically content-less. So here’s one thing a professional orchestra can do to appeal to younger people: have an awesome website. With content. Including lots and lots of videos. So we can hear just how awesome the musicians are. That’ll get young people more excited about hearing a live performance. Also, social media, which until I searched for them on FB, I didn’t think existed for them since there’s no mention on their actual website. Their Facebook page seems to be alright, but nothing that gets me excited. They do have a link to themselves on YouTube, and a few vids on their FB site, but it’s all extremely low key. Still, more exciting than their website.

    Also, Re: the tickets. They belonged to my next door neighbor, who decided to go travel this weekend. So they gave them to their other neighbors, the the 15 year old cellist and his mom, who decided not to go. So we got them. All of them could have gone, had they felt like it, but didn’t. Also, those neighbors, the season ticket holders, stare at me like I’ve got a foot growing out of my forehead every time they see me, which is exactly how all the SacPhil patrons stared a me last time I went. Another thing to ponder.

  2. That’s sad that they can’t take the time to make the website more than “less than stellar” — I think a lot of orchestras website and web-presence in general is like this. Yeah, even a nicely written description in florid and exaggerated prose would be more fun that just a *blank* page with a list of the pieces.

    And ironic how you got the tickets, which can say quote a bit about how folks will prioritize their time nowadays–unless these organizations can offer more of an incentive, it will be a hard sell to get folks to a concert who aren’t just die-hard fans of the Symphony, or of Classical music!

  3. I just now happened upon their season brochure that has been floating around my house for months. It has 4 pages of description about this event — a detailed list of the program, a couple pages about the soloist, and then a full entire page of description about what’s being played. Why the hell isn’t this on the website???

    Somewhere in one of these threads someone said something about programming. As in the programs offered are kinda boring. Or seemingly random in some cases. Or the tile of tonight’s is odd — Basically Beethoven. Strange, when most of what is listed isn’t Beethoven. *Seriously not helping*

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