A story in Playbill Arts notes that the Atlanta Symphony has announced its 2005-6 season. Since Robert Spano, the Atlanta's director, is one of the most imaginative programmers in the business, I went to the Atlanta Symphony site to see what he had wrought. Alas, there was no way to look at the entire season. I've made this complaint before and I'll make it again. The site is designed only for people buying subscription packages, not for those who want tickets for individual concerts or who are interested in what the orchestra is doing. I clicked on "2005-6 Season On Sale Now." Then I clicked on "Compose-Your-Own" series, figuring that would tell me what each program contains. After clicking on "Order Series Now," and then on "Order Thursday," I got a list of composers' names — Mahler, Sibelius & Brahms, and so on — but no individual works. Even for subscribers, this paucity of information must be frustrating. By clicking on other series, I got a few fleeting glimpses of the programming, and, yes, it looks great.
The Met's new web site, on the other hand, is divina.