The Mysterious Case of Disappearing CD Racks

The Georgian Bay Symphony's 45th season may have just ended, but I am continuing to learn more through this co-op placement. Most of this week has been spent preparing subscription renewals, as I'm sure many of you have gathered from the phone calls you have been receiving. On the surface, this may seem like a small task, however it is one of the bigger ones that I have done over the past few months. The process is fairly simple and well organized, however it is still quite time-consuming since it involves contacting every subscriber, who make up well over half of the GBS concert attendees. I am enjoying it though, it has been nice to talk to subscribers and hear their thoughts on the concer

Co Op Blog : End of the 45th Season

This past weekend was the final concert of the season, From Russia With Love. This concert nearly sold out, with fewer than 40 tickets remaining at the end of the night. I have personally been looking forward to this concert since I first heard of it, as I have always loved classical Russian music. Getting to hear Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers was a wonderful experience for me, and made even better due to the exceptional performance given by the Symphony. Each piece was played beautifully, and during the intermission as I spoke to some of the other people in attendance, it became clear that I was not alone in thinking that this was one of the best performances that has been given by the

Co Op Blog : Reflections From Last Week

Friday, May 12 With the final concert of the season approaching, we have spent this week selling the last few tickets available and preparing for the concert. I have had the opportunity to create several e-newsletters to be sent out for subscribers of the GBS. It often surprises me, even as someone who grew up as social networking was booming, how much it is involved in promoting this organization. Since starting my co op here, I have used programs to schedule posts on Facebook and Twitter, as well as to send out blog posts to the GBS website. My skills came to the test this Wednesday when I had to demonstrate how to set up and publish an e-newsletter, which I am very grateful went well and

GBS Program Notes : May 13, 2017

Waltz of the Flowers from Suite “The Nutcracker” P.I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Words like famous or legendary often fall short in description of certain works of art, so far and complete are their reach. Tchaikovsky’s ballet Nutcracker was just such a creation. Like Handel’s Messiah, it has long enjoyed a place of de facto holiday tradition throughout the Western world. Nutcracker was based on the Alexandre Dumas translation of a Hoffmann tale, in which a little girl comes to the aid of her Christmas gift (a magical nutcracker in the costume of a soldier) in his battle with an army of mice. Her assistance is rewarded when her toy transforms into a prince and takes her into his kingdom of swee

Co Op Blog : Vintners' Dinner to From Russia With Love

The past couple weeks have been very busy at the symphony’s office. Following the success of the Vintners’ Dinner and Wine Auction, we have also been preparing for next season. After months of preparation (collecting items for the silent and live auctions, contacting wineries, preparing the guest list and reviewing every small detail that could be a factor in its success), the Vintners’ Dinner and Wine Auction went very well. Many guests commented that the food was the best they have ever had at one of these events, and the wines served alongside the food were a huge hit. Lots of impressive and one-of-a-kind items were included in the auction, from paintings to antique chairs to high end win

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