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Bye-Bye Awful ‘Aughts
December 28th, 2009 by Andrew Kraus

I don’t know anybody, at least I don’t believe I know anybody, who’s doing better now than they were in 1999, the last year of the Twentieth Century – but then, I’m a working musician, and I don’t have an office on the executive floor at Goldman & Sachs or Bank of America or… you take my point.

This post being on a blog primarily concerned with music as art and inevitably with music as business, I want to swing the spotlight around to focus on your experience of the ‘Aughts, particularly if you’re a working musician.

If it’s the case that you’re doing better, how’d you make that happen?

If it’s the case that you’re not doing as well, what happened? Did the funding for your organization dry up (think Baltimore Lyric Opera, for example)? Are people spending less on music lessons for their kids? Are you being paid on time? Is it harder to find students? gigs?

And “how is Andrew Kraus doing?”, you ask.

I’m holding my own, and had some great experiences in 2009 including being a guest soloist with the Mantovani Orchestra on their China Tour in the Spring. I’ve started collaborating regularly with two wonderful musicians: Laurien Laufman – Cellist, and Jennifer Paschal – Soprano. You can see details of upcoming recitals with both of them on my events page.

Enough for now about me and my views on this topic. How about you?


One Response  
  • Brendan Cooke writes:
    December 28th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Dear Andrew,

    Your blog post came across my e-mail thanks to a google alert set up for Baltimore Opera. Many of us in the opera world are struggling, as companies are folding left and right. I settled in Baltimore due to my pretty regular work with the old Baltimore Opera, it has been quite an adjustment to lose that gem.

    In the “making lemonade out of lemons” department, some colleagues and I began a new organization, called Baltimore Concert Opera. We are just shy of one year old, and in the middle of our first full season. It has been quite an adventure trying to navigate these tough financial times…donations are hard to come by, and ticket sales seem to be rather last minute, as people seem to have little discretionary income. All in all, we have four shows “in the books,” and a surplus in the bank, so we are definitely subscribing to the theory that you should never waste a good recession. This is the time in any business that separates the men from the boys, and if a musician can survive these times, they can survive anything.

    Best wishes for continued survival and success,

    Brendan Cooke
    General Director
    Baltimore Concert Opera

    Here is a shameless plug for our upcoming concert:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkY-d2RAN9M


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