PT93: “Creating an Experience with Innovative Concert Design,” with John Devlin

Today we talk with John Devlin, Music Director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, host of the Upbeat Podcast, and a founding contributor to EverythingConducting.com, about how to be the least-generic version of yourself, how to design a commissioning project that’s supremely exciting and relevant to your orchestra and audiences, and how innovative concert design can elevate your performances from just another classical concert to an experience.

PT93: “Creating an Experience with  Innovative Concert Design,”  with John Devlin

Today we discuss:

  • How to develop the least-generic version of yourself to stand out in an applicant pool of 300 other conductors and make a greater impact for your orchestra and your community (8:05)
  • How John created “Gourmet Symphony” by melding all aspects of the experience of fine-dining with a symphony concert, and why smaller orchestras should focus more on creating an experience rather than sacrificing innovation to just play slightly better (20:23)
  • How you can take a commission one step farther to make it relevant and significant to the composer, the orchestra, and the community (31:24)
  • The origins of John’s focus on innovative concert design, and why it’s so easy to be bored with the average orchestra concert (35:27)
  • How John and the Wheeling Symphony are thriving during COVID-19 by being creative and asking what they can do well within guidelines (40:39)
  • John’s favorite living composer, and the life-changing advice he got from Marin Alsop (53:49)

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