This is sort of off topic, but so funny!
So, what are the chances? My community orchestra is playing the first movement of the Tchaikovsky 1st piano concerto in late Oct. Also in Oct, another local community orchestra has programmed the Tchaikovsky 1st.
Just found out, and communicated to our our conductor, that the local professional orchestra is playing, in early Nov. -- you guessed it! The Tchaikovsky 1st piano concerto.
Great minds thinking alike?? Karma? Kismet? Sheer bad luck? We can't change it, apparently. As publicity manager, I am working on ways to use it to our advantage somehow LOL.
I understand that there's a new Olympic competition event:
Clashes of date and programmes can happen fairly frequently, and is by no means off topic!
Orchestras in my area notoriously program the same things without checking with each other ahead of time. A few years ago (I think in 2015), no fewer than five orchestras in the Sacramento metropolitan area programmed Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony in the space of six weeks, including both of the fully professional orchestras as well as the semi-professional orchestra and one of the two university orchestras.
Here in their next programme the local amateur orchestra will be playing Bruch's 3rd Symphony. I've heard it a few times and to be frank it's unlikely to get the audience (however many or few of them there may be) on their feet. In future the orchestra may be forced to accept that market forces rule and public taste is very conservative.
Is public taste that conservative? I ask because my semi-pro orchestra started programming much more adventurously after conducting a survey of its season subscribers.
My community orchestra is located in a pretty small town. We do concerts in Nashville as well, but are mostly in this podunk town. So while the conductor goes out on a limb sometimes (we are doing Griffes Poem for Flute in the same program and a commissioned-by-us new work next year), she has to program warhorses to keep the masses happy. :-)
It's not uncommon. Unfortunately, in some areas many groups compete for the same cadre of musicians. The problems come in December, when no one looks ahead. The choral groups plan big works requiring lots of strings, and then get all surprised when they find out no one is available. It's happened the last two years here.
There are ripples, currents and tides in the quantum strata of the universe. Sometimes that causes people in similar situations to have the same ideas at the same time. The quantum universe wants that piece played!
Advertise as "Once you have heard us play it, you won't want to bother to hear the professionals".
That's awesome, John! :-)
The community orchestra I'm in played Vaughan Williams' English Folk Song Suite last year. A few weeks later I sat in on another community orchestra and we played it again. (I liked the bowings better this time.)