- Reports indicate that the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) has purged their mailing lists so that patrons who've objected to the lockout don't receive certain emails. See Emily Hogstad and a commenter at Adaptistration.
- The MOA is determined to stay the course even if it costs them the opening of their renovated hall, the Carnegie Hall dates, and their music director. (Link is to a Graydon Royce article in the Star Tribune.)
- Alex Ross lets fly.
- Robert Levine dismantles the MOA's financial review. (H/T Alex for the link.)
- The MOA thinks musicians are interchangeable, and looks to an exciting future with new musicians. It's not true at all: wholesale replacement of orchestral musicians plus a new conductor would result in an entirely new sound and style of playing. An orchestra's characteristic sound and style are created by tribal knowledge, of sorts, of how individuals all work together when there are only a few annual personnel changes. SFS has had maybe four or five changes in personnel annually in the years I have been following them closely. (Greg Sandow commented a couple of years back about how exciting it would be to have the Philly musicians replaced by recent conservatory grads. Look, conservatory orchestras are great; current conservatory musicians play at a professional or near pro level. You can hear that in any conservatory in the world. But they're not the Philadelphia Orchestra - and Sandow should have known that.)
Friday, September 06, 2013
The Road to Hell
In Minnesota, it isn't paved with good intentions.