I received this email yesterday and think it’s the perfect blog for today:
Dear Mr. McManus,
I discovered your blog four months ago and have enjoyed following many of the articles, it has been most interesting to see the progress of various stories over that time. What is troubling is the frequency of so many symphonies making so many poor choices. As a professional trumpet player in an ICSOM ensemble, I find your articles to be a vessel of hope; hope that somewhere out there, a symphony will re-think some of the bad decisions, and create a better way of delivering quality music to all that want to appreciate it. And, hope that many symphonies will follow suit.
But until then I am left with only hope and a bit of thanks that I will share with you
Ten things I am thankful during this Thanksgiving and throughout my season: (not in any particular order)