The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Conductor Seiji Ozawa has cancer and many symphony orchestras face a minor-key future | January 22, 2010

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:

On a more personal or human note, longtime conductor Seiji Ozawa has cancer:

And despite a burgeoning population in the Southwest, the Tucson Symphony faces cutbacks:

Here’s a link the artsjournal web site, which has other stories about orchestras going bankrupt — the Honolulu Symphony (below) and others:

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.

Posted in Classical music

1 Comment »

  1. The combination of artistic ambition, good
    management and a hand’s on Board is the answer.


    Comment by Barbara DeMain — January 22, 2010 @ 2:54 am

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