Times are tough all over for orchestras, and not just in America. A recent article in Deutsche Welle reports the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra closed up shop after they failed to secure some last minute funding from government sources. The article goes on to report that the orchestra managers attempted to raise funds privately but were unsuccessful in their attempts.
The most striking part of the article is the final sentence,
“The ensemble’s disbandment is the latest in a long list of German orchestras that have disappeared due to lacking funds.”
This is quite the opposite picture from the typical “grass is greener” stories being reported in the U.S. press about European orchestras. In the end, it appears that the problems throughout the classical music business are not restricted to any one geographic region or system of governance.
The question which comes to mind next is, if the European system of heavy government funding isn’t bullet proof and the American system of private and philanthropic support is no better, why isn’t everyone trying to look behind door number three?
The leaders of today who will leave the greatest legacy in this business are the ones who find and walk through that door.