The season’s off to a peculiar start as three major institutions negotiate down to the wire (or past it). Despite healthy news from places like Seattle and St. Louis, things are not looking great in Atlanta or Indianapolis.Today’s article from Drew McManus details developments in Atlanta, and this piece pretty much sums up Indianapolis. Not much news coming out of St. Paul except for a revealing interview with Artistic Partner (and our Music Director) Edo de Waart. I do love his quotes….
I have friends in all these orchestras, and beyond the personal connections it’s difficult to comprehend how such quality institutions get into these complex and dire situations, and equally vexing to imagine a path out. I can only hope that my colleagues and their respective managements will find some sort of common ground that meaningfully addresses the financial issues and yet still preserves the artistic quality that (after all) is the reason people buy tickets in the first place.