Music News - Criticism: October 2008 Archives

On Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of reviewing "Avenue Q" at Madison's Overture Center for the Arts.  It was a lot of fun and I was pleased to see that the house looked quite full, especially with younger audience members.  But, as well all know in this lousy economy, many things are not so rosy.  The Overture Center is dealing with financial difficulties precipitated in no small part by the stock market's gyrations, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's musicians are in a labor dispute with management.  (The WCO is one of several resident arts groups that use the Overture Center facility.)  While this has been going on for a while, I was reminded of it anew by the musicians picketing outside the arts complex Tuesday evening.

Performances have already been missed, and the WCO's upcoming Halloween concert has also been canceled.  Since I generally don't write about classical music, I don't have any particular commentary to add to what's already been written; I'm blogging this simply to bring it to the attention of ArtsJournal readers.  So, to that end, here are some links if you're interested:

"WCO musicians and management engage in bitter public battle," Wisconsin State Journal, 10/23/08

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra official site (with statements from management)

WCO musicians' blog, with commentary on the strike
October 23, 2008 1:03 PM | | Comments (0)

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