“DSO: Change tune or be replaced”

Was going to get in a little practicing before leaving to go teach when I saw the latest development regarding the Detroit Symphony Orchestra current predicament after the Orchestra musicians vote no to the latest offer by the DSO this weekend.  A brief snippet below:

Players pressured to take tougher deal than they rejected

Lawrence B. Johnson / Special to The Detroit News

A very different Detroit Symphony Orchestra could emerge in the coming months unless the DSO musicians reverse themselves and agree to terms even more stringent than the offer they rejected over the weekend.

The DSO administration is prepared to move forward with a newly assembled group of players that would include only those members of the current orchestra who agree to unilaterally presented terms, DSO Vice President Paul Hogle said Sunday.

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Without setting a date, Hogle said the time has come for a new symphony model to emerge, an ensemble that not only plays traditional concerts but also fully engages the community as ambassadors, educators and performers.

DSO cellist Haden McKay, shocked by the news that management may simply move on with replacements, said the plan is the equivalent of “an atom bomb.”

DSO violinist and musicians’ spokesman Joe Goldman said, “What kind of orchestra does (board chairman) Stanley Frankel think he’s going to have without any professional musicians in it?”

The full article is at the following link:

http://www.detnews.com/article/20110221/ENT01/102210354/DSO–Change-tune-or-be-replaced

Drew McManus has posted a good synopsis of the situation as it unfolded as well as some more info here:

http://www.adaptistration.com/2011/02/21/detroit-goes-dark/

EDIT (03:11):  and my old cello teacher (and still a mentor, even if he may not know it) makes some very good points in his recent blog post about the situation:

http://ericedberg.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/dso-making-them-an-offer-they-cant-accept/

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