Columbus Symphony to fold
The bad news coming out of Columbus is that the 57-year-old orchestra is out of money, failed to reach an agreement with its musicians and will close down on June 1. Having heard the orchestra play a few years ago and knowing the caliber of its musicians -- some of whom live in Cincinnati -- I am shocked at this news and wracking my brain as to how the board could allow this to happen. Possible reasons:
-- A community apathetic about the arts, and especially a symphony orchestra?
-- A dysfunctional board?
-- A board that has allowed itself to become too inbred, not drawing support from the community at large?
-- Mismanagement of funds?
-- A city that cannot afford an orchestra financially?
-- Musicians who refuse to downsize and take further concessions?
These are all speculations. The musicians have already taken concessions and were being asked to cut their ranks from 53 to 31 and reduce the season...
What's your take?
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