Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Details of where you can find and hear them can be found here.
Not just the musicians – audience members and the YMM (Young Musicians of Minnesota) as well. Take a look here:
I always thought state fairs were supposed to be fun, not forced political union rallies.
In a situation where they have very little leverage and the board of the MOA has a great deal (Who denied who pay, health insurance, and access? Not the musicians.), it’s only reasonable that they take this opportunity to rally support.
Or is “union” actually a four-letter word?
Mr. Brinton, perhaps you should be a bit more circumspect. If this is the Samuel Adler I think it is, you might be interested to know that one of his less acknowledged accomplishments was to form the 7th Army Orchestra in Europe which finally met its demise (several years after he left) in a way eerily similar to what is going on now. Mr. Adler (if he is the composer-conductor) may have something of interest to say here from a long and sterling career’s worth experience. If not, maybe everyone would still like to know that the current situation with star chamber decision making is not particularly new. Looking through the 7ASO’s web site, one of the “best” stories was the time a general walked up to the conductor after a concert and demanded: Why are there so many soldiers loafing up there? The next time I come to a concert I want to see everybody playing ALL the time! (Maybe this general is on the MO board now?)
Here’s the relevant entry (with the orchestra’s obit) from one of my blogs in 2011:
If he acts less like a troll and more like a musician, I will happily entertain his thoughts.
No, he called out a ridiculous statement, which is fine…even if someone had a “long and sterling career.”
I suspect that the players do not have a representative on the board.
Wouldn’t having a musician/director help to get negotiations going? Or is this too much for the management of USA orchestras to stomach?
Excellent suggestion; perhaps more than one representative would help balance matters.
Yes, especially this Board, which appears to want to have a social organization for the 1% instead of an actual responsible and responsive governance team.
Nothing about this is a “forced political union rally.” All participants are volunteering their time, many of them are audience members from Save Our Symphony Minnesota http://saveoursymphonymn.wordpress.com/ or teenage musicians from Young Musicians of Minnesota http://www.youngmusiciansofmn.org/index.html, along with a handful of Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
Anyone who has ever heard the Rossini Duo for cello and bass knows that it comes close to the definition of fun. Other scheduled performances also sound pretty fun: http://www.minnesotaorchestramusicians.org/musicians-at-the-state-fair-this-weekend/ What is decidedly not fun is the tragedy of the lockouts of the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and SPCO that silenced two of the world’s great orchestras for nearly a year.
Our state fair is a great state fair, and it’s dollars to donuts that Mr. Adler prefers the “Strategic Plan” and post-modern math of the MOA to the views of the vast majority of the music lovers in the state who have also been locked out and seen their orchestra and musical culture severely threatened by a small coterie of ideologues with apparently no set of check and balance to stop them, short of the destruction of the Minnesota Orchestra.
For 15 other views of the orchestra labor situation in Minnesota, keep posted for the “2013 Labor Day Minnesota Orchestra Blog Fest” to be released on Sept. 2. http://www.insidethearts.com/sticksanddrones/2013/08/30/billeddins/13974/
Beautiful day and wonderful music from the Young Musicians of Minnesota, whose future we need to ensure! Plus sweetcorn ice cream . . . I drew the line at tater tot hot dish on a stick. Food plays a large role at the Great Minnesota Get-together.
Tater Tot hot dish on a stick does sound kinda gross. (What-all’s in it besides Tots?)
But sweetcorn ice cream sounds wonderful! How does it taste?
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