|Olga de Kort-Koulikova||Organizing organ concerts: a special talent?
Het ORGEL 108 (2012), nr. 3,4-11 [summary]
In the second part of her article on organizing organ concerts, Olga
de Kort-Koulikova discusses the situation in the Netherlands (the
first part treated organ concert life in Russia). How are organ
concerts organized in the Netherlands? What questions and problems
confront organ committees? In order to formulate answers, concert
organizers in Breda and Haarlem were interviewed. The article also
includes answers that organ committees gave to written questions. It
is clear that organ committees realize that much more is involved in
an organ concert than good will and a nice organ. The organizers
agree on the success factors: interesting programming based on
familiarity with the organ, good publicity, and a budget that helps
to realize many plans.
Concert series have a future as long as the question ‘How do you organize an organ concert without subsidy and with a disappointing budget?’ does not overshadow all other questions. The important questions are then ‘Why and for whom am I organizing a concert?’, and ‘What do I as organizer need to know about it?’