Amid the flash and sparkle of Nashville’s gala opening events, I kept reminding myself that they were one organization out of four that belong to the original group of orchestras involved in concert hall projects that have been the focus of attention here at Adaptistration over the past three years…
One of the other organizations, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, has had the worst time out of the lot (the other two are the Dayton Philharmonic and the Kansas City Symphony). Their concert hall project, directed by the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation, imploded at the end of 2005 amid financial scandal and reports of improper management.
Unfortunately, the Richmond Symphony not only lost the dream of a new concert hall but their board leadership and management were ineffective in preventing the organization from being forced out of their existing venue in the process. Shortly after Nashville’s opening, Mark Holmberg, a reporter from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, wrote an article comparing the path both cities have traveled toward realizing their cultural potential.
If you missed it, no worries, the article is still available and well worth your time. Here’s the first few opening lines:
“NASHVILLE, Tenn. Music City has a new and acclaimed symphony center, a $123 million crown jewel that nicely reflects this town’s vision and momentum.
Richmond has a hole in the ground.”
It’s good to see cultural reporting at this level in Richmond. You can read the entire article here.