By Jacob Stockinger
This is not a happy time for many symphony orchestras around the country.
They face budget deficits, declining endowment, curtailed seasons, labor strife and lower attendance.
Here are some links to follow — especially to stories about the famed, world-class Cleveland Symphony (below) . They make you realize how relatively healthy things seem in Madison’s classical music scene:
But before the Cleveland Orchestra strike was settled, a good piece with a lot of ominous background and context appeared:
And despite a burgeoning population in the Southwest, the Tucson Symphony faces cutbacks:
What do you think of the financial and attendance problems of symphony orchestras?
Do you know of other problems at other symphony orchestras?
What is a solution?
Should they turn to more contemporary program?
Or should they go back to basics — like Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony — to reach a new audience that hasn’t been educated into liking classical music?
The Ear wants to hear.