WHAT’S IN THIS VIDEO: Programs are a collection of ideas. You can argue something tightly, one idea building on another, or it can be more abstract, a group of pieces that connect around some central idea. Difficult to juggle all the variables. The practicalities also dictate how programs are made. You need to factor the size of the orchestra. And every concert should have something new in it. Older pieces refract something about the new piece. How do you sell a program? That’s more difficult… Marketing programs is easier with Big Name pieces but it’s not so interesting unless there’s something new to be said about those pieces. The way you program them is key.