On Saturday I posted information about a pre-performance discussion at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park that I was to have on Thursday, March 27, with Jim Vincent, artistic director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Billed as Beyond the Stage: Musical Influences, Jim and I were to talk about the role that music plays in the creation of new dance works.
That program, I learned today, has been cancelled. My guess is that HSDC realized that charging (and charging a not insignificant amount) for this program presented marketing and attendance problems.
In my experience, many more people would like to attend a good free discussion than pay a premium to have that discussion include wine, cheese, and even real food.
Of course what people really like the most, as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series has demonstrated, is free food and drink after a concert with no discussion at all.
I'll still be going to the Hubbard Street performances themselves this week and next.