I think it's fabulous that, thanks to our new internet presence, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra is now connecting people to music anytime, anyplace. The old symphony orchestra model isn't working as well as it used to, as evidenced by the severe financial problems currently plaguing many U.S.orchestras. (For example, read here about the Honolulu Symphony situation: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091107/ap_en_mu/us_symphony_bankruptcy ) Although the future cannot be predicted for any symphony orchestra, I consider myself fortunate to be part of an organization which is now on the cutting edge of classical music trends.
How does internet exposure affect the musicians? In the past, I always used to think about how things might be different for us if our concerts were broadcast nationally via public radio. I speculated that the added pressure of national presence would be good for our level of performance.
Sure enough, my perception is that the orchestra sounds better now, knowing that our work is available for worldwide scrutiny! It seems as though each one of us is accepting a higher degree of individual responsibility for the musical product. It's not that we were irresponsible before, but perhaps we are now inspired to reach even further toward our personal best.
It's so rewarding to receive appreciative calls and emails from faraway friends and relatives who have just heard the Columbus Symphony on the internet! Undoubtedly, I am more determined than ever to present my best possible bassoon playing now that we are performing for an infinite audience.
No matter where you're located, you can listen to our concerts at your convenience. Here is a link to our audio stream of Mahler 9, performed 2 weeks ago by the Columbus Symphony with Gunther Herbig conducting: