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Though management has made errors, it really is a new world.
This is my take on the whole Orchestra problem. The wealthy want to go but they want everyone else to pay for it. Let's look at the beautiful building (the shell that we can agree that is aesthetically tasteful) but to pay the performers? Get off your high horse and pay for what you think is what is classical and deserving of your time.
No elle08, I don't think this is the fault of the wealthy...many people do go that are not wealthly. It is all about debits and credits; a concept that the usual hard core DFL liberals have never understood.
elle2008, Is it different from wanting the public to pay for sports facilities?
elle2008, it sounds like you think orchestral music is primarily for wealthy people...My take on Minneapolis is that it's a city with unusually great public pride in and love of Art, and the donors are not on high horses in any way. Generous and faithful.
Weirdly, the ones on their high horses seem to be bitterly commenting about out-of-touch elitist musicians...and these commenting don't seem to be the type to, um, go to concerts a lot. (Much like those who hate on educators can't construct an argument or spell "they're" ...)
"Trust, but VERIFY" - Ronald Reagan = Independent financial analysis.
The problem here is that the Orchestra leadership never had the chance to learn the lesson the Twins management is learning now, that an upgrade in facilities is meaningless without a good product.
Why is it that Minnesotians feel they need a "world class" orchestra? Are we so insecure that we need to play keep up with New York, London, ...? While people appreciate the orchestra, they do not live here because of it. If it is important to you to experience a world class orchestra, pony up some serious cash or just fly to Chicago, New York, or somewhere that there is one and support it. The rest of us will appreciate and enjoy our annual visit to an orchestra here in MN that is maybe one or two steps removed from world class and not be able to tell the difference.
I don't know anything at all about the Twins, but the Minnesota Orchestra produces a world-class "product" every time they play.
w1walsh...your viewpoint just makes me sad. Making great art Right Where You Live is one of the highest achievements humans can attain. It's not for "other people elsewhere..." It's for YOU. It's for US.
In Minneapolis, you have great art, and you're admired for it. A thought: if you step up your concert attendance, you might begin to understand "world class"...
"Like any other product, live classical performance is worth only what someone is willing to pay," This is true for baseball and football and yet the strib and the government had no problem with committing millions of tax money to build two stadiums. Why not for the orchestra? And what does a banker or a newspaper publisher even understand about music? Some areas in our lives should not be measured by the bottom line.
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