Today’s title is an excerpt from a reader comment protesting the decision by CBC Radio to disband the CBC Radio Orchestra after November, 2008. Although it’s heartening to read such a passionate reaction in response to eliminating a professional orchestra, I’m not certain if an appropriate response to the comment, as a citizen of the aforementioned wasteland, is "glad we could help" or "go to hell." Passionate rhetoric aside, the 4/1/2008 edition of CBCNews.ca published an article entitled Protesters demand CBC Radio Orchestra be saved which reports on a live demonstration by approximately 150 protesters demanding that CBC Radio rescind its decision to eliminate the CBC Radio Orchestra…
reports that the University of British Columbia cancelled classes for
all music students so they could attend the Vancouver protest rally and
quoted Canadian Music Centre
regional director Colin Miles as saying "This is our orchestra. We
demand that you rescind your decision and restore the CBC Radio
Orchestra to health." In addition to the Vancouver protest, orchestra
proponents have scheduled a live demonstration in Montreal on Friday,
April 4th and the more than 11,000 member Save Classical Music at the CBC Facebook group has established a multi-city "day of action" event entitled Raise a Ruckus for Radio Two! on Friday, April 11, 2008.
Whether an odd coincidence or deliberate attempt to play down the decision to disband the orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra website
(hosted and managed by CBC Radio) has no mention of plans to eliminate
the ensemble, which the homepage describes as a "legacy." In fact, CBC
radio promotes the ensemble with the slogan "There’s nothing else like
- CBC Radio Orchestra Website
- Save Classical Music at the CBC
- Raise a Ruckus for Radio Two!
- Save the CBC Radio Orchestra!
- The Collaborative Piano blog