Today’s Arts Journal tracks an
Today’s Arts Journal tracks anarticle in the Toronto Star about a patron uprising against a decision by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s decision to terminate conductor Martin Fischer-Dieskau contract immediately, instead of waiting until the end of the season.
The article reports that a long time large-figure donor to the orchestra “said that she and other influential patrons are “appalled and devastated” by the early termination of the conductor’s contract.” I suppose the key word there was influential patrons meaning those that give big bucks. The patron goes on to demand the resignation of the entire board, of which two have already done so.
We all know money talks, but wouldn’t it be nice if average patrons (without the resource of big bucks) could organize into groups with just as much influence as this large donor?