So tonight (rather, last night) I went to what might (or might not) be the last concert given by the Louisville Orchestra. I had been meaning to get to a concert for some time but having the concert schedule I’ve had just made it so difficult (one of “perks” of constantly performing).
Needless to say, it was a bittersweet affair. I don’t really want to imagine my neck of the woods absent a full time professional orchestra. At the same time, I’ve been predicting the slow demise of these seemingly anachronistic ensembles for various reasons I don’t want to get into here (read some of my previous posts for some of that diatribe).
What I would like to say is that, for good or ill, I would prefer this situation not be the case and in some ways I’m beginning to see a reaon (or many reasons) for why it is a bad thing to lose such a wonderful ensemble not the least of which being that I have many friends and colleagues who have put in many long years of hard work into the organization.
What I am beginning to realize is how ridiculous the situation is and for a variety of reasons, the economic ones notwithstanding. I won’t get into some of the typical arguments here about why such an organization needs to be saved since that’s been said over and over by advocates of classical music in general. What I think I’m going to start exploring are much more objective economic reasons why the demise of any symphony orchestra is a bad thing.
In the meantime, I would like to direct to a youtube video by the Louisville Orchestra Musician’s Association which was shown before the concert:
As well as the website for the Lousiville Orchestra Musicians Association:
The latter link has information about ways you can help fight to keep Louisville Symphonic!