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    Default How do you support your local Orchestra

    I'm curious as to how many people actually actively support their local Orchestra? Are you a "subscriber"? or never at all? Why or why not? If not, what would change things up for you?

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    Groupon? Is that still around?

    Btw, not sure if you really only mean the orchestra, or we coulld include local chamber ensembles, etc.

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    I never go.

    because:
    1-I expect no one my age there.
    2-Youth = no money and if you're ambitious no time
    3-Youtube

    For me to start supporting the the local orchestra, I would have to find significant success in life. Enough so that I decide to semi-retire.
    Last edited by GhenghisKhan; Jul-24-2015 at 03:56.

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    I haven't attended a concert in aeons. I have been thinking that I really ought to go once in a while. I am not a subscriber type, but I would be interested in attending concerts that interest me. Essentially, pretty much any 'serious' non-pops concert genuinely would interest me (I'm not that hoity toity), but it would have to be something I think I might pay for. The problem is my strained financial means and the current pricing structures that seem out of balance with the under two hours of entertainment. Feeling like it at a preordained time, getting there, parking the car and the whole drumherum are slight detractors, but not impenetrable obstacles, but it is so much easier for me to put on a CD (or YT, NaxosML &c).

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    Subscription to the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
    Each year, for 15 years now .

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    Rarely because I am too busy in playing with four amateur groups.

    I do not subscribe because it frequently clashes with some of the concerts I have committed to play in.

    I did skip a rehearsal once with the rest of the bassoon section to hear the Concertgebouw. Our conductor got mad at us because he wanted to skip the rehearsal as well.
    It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious. And I am a very ingenious fellow

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    I'm worried that if I go to a live concert that it may end up sounding better than my little Wharfedale bookshelf speakers.

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    Buy as I go, and that's all I can afford.

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    In Mexico city we have at least five orchestras, so it is difficult to support everything and to attend to all concerts. I can suscribe an orchestra if the programs are enough atracting to me for the whole season, but I usually buy the tickets as I go, normally two or three times per month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliogabo View Post
    In Mexico city we have at least five orchestras, so it is difficult to support everything and to attend to all concerts. I can suscribe an orchestra if the programs are enough atracting to me for the whole season, but I usually buy the tickets as I go, normally two or three times per month.
    Wow! Five orchestras?


    Washington, DC has only one full time professional orchestra. It is a good orchestra but not in the same league as Philadelphia or New York.
    It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious. And I am a very ingenious fellow

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    What local orchestra? Our nearest is 50 miles away - not local so far as I'm concerned.

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    My "local orchestra" specializes in warhorses and attractive soloists of the Asian persuasion. More power to them, but I see little reason to support them since they don't interest me much.


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    Quote Originally Posted by arpeggio View Post
    Wow! Five orchestras?


    Washington, DC has only one full time professional orchestra. It is a good orchestra but not in the same league as Philadelphia or New York.
    Yes:

    -Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional (founded by Carlos Chavez)
    -Orquesta Filármonica de la UNAM
    -Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería
    -Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México
    -Orquesta Sinfónica del IPN

    They are professional and decent orchestras. The first three sometimes sounds really fine indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhenghisKhan View Post
    I never go.

    because:
    1-I expect no one my age there.
    2-Youth = no money and if you're ambitious no time
    3-Youtube

    For me to start supporting the the local orchestra, I would have to find significant success in life. Enough so that I decide to semi-retire.
    So would say it is a matter of cost? Do you ever attend other concerts with a similar cost but with a younger audience? Or is just that you usually prefer youtube to any live event?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMamba View Post
    Groupon? Is that still around?

    Btw, not sure if you really only mean the orchestra, or we coulld include local chamber ensembles, etc.
    If your ensemble is made up of professionals for whom this is their primary gig, then that would be included.

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