A month after musicians of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra caved in to a mayor-brokered deal and went back to play, members continue to leave the demoralised group in dribs and drabs. Some have fled to other orchestras, others are taking retirement, early or due. Several more have gone this week.
Friends of the orchestra have published a list of the remaining players. It makes for sorry reading here.
There is a dreadful feeling that the Minnesota Orchestra will look even more threadbare as and when that brutal dispute is settled.
It seems such an awful, confrontational way to run an artistic enterprise. The only parallel it calls to mind is the dark days of th Soviet Union when people used to crack jokes about the Leningrad String Quartet.
What’s that? an outsider would say.
It’s the Leningrad Philharmonic, after a tour in the West.