Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
“If the 10th-largest urban economy in America is incapable of sustaining its cultural jewel, what does that signal about our country?” This is a question that the current music director, Robert Spano, of the Atlanta Symphony proposed in an article in the New York Times. As stated in the article, music directors tend to stay quiet during these types of disagreements, but in this case, Mr. Spano decided it was time to get involved. This orchestra already went through a lockout, less than two years ago, and as a result the orchestra was downsized. Now, they are fighting to keep the already downsized orchestra that they have, while they are dealing with more proposed salary cuts. There was also a recent announcement that the opening concert was postponed for the time being.
With worries around money, it it’s interesting that they would allow the cancellation of the very first concert. How does this ultimately benefit the symphony? I think this will be an interesting case to follow.
To check out what the musicians are saying, (and doing), check out their webpage here.
I leave the questions open to thoughts and responses, “If the 10th-largest urban economy in America is incapable of sustaining its cultural jewel, what does that signal about our country?”