JEFF ALEXANDER - PRESIDENT OF CHICAGO
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION
"It’s not easy; it's never easy. But we’ll see improvements because of 2020. It’s opened our eyes even further; prompted us to ask, 'Can’t you see what your organization looks like? Don’t you think it should look different?'”
ALEXANDER NEEF - PARIS OPERA HOUSE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
There are always questions that you ask yourself, like: should we have taken more risks? Sometimes it’s easy to get intimidated by economic constraints and then sometimes you think maybe you should have just done it and not have abandoned it because you were afraid it wouldn’t generate the revenue.
“And that’s why so many people are moved to tears: it’s the acoustics. It gets into your bones and it reverberates and there are so few things that can do that. A live event was what mattered to me in the most safe way we can do it, because we’re missing that. And more than ever people need that; they need the human contact, the release, and the safe space to feel that power.”
ALEXANDER SHELLEY - NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE
ORCHESTRA MUSIC DIRECTOR
"I feel very distinctly the privilege, the responsibility of working at a national organization... How how can we do the things that other organizations can't do? Because that, for me, is the essence of a federal entity. I've always felt that public entities need to be taking the risks that commercial entities can't."