By Jeff Stahler, originally published in the April 11, 2008 edition of the Columbus Dispatch
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2 thoughts on “The Futility Of Words In The Face Of Artistic Poignancy…”
It’s amazing how seeing this picture made me feel—sad, and heavy laden for the musicians and concert goers of Columbus. I had the pleasure of seeing them earlier this season, and enjoyed it thoroughly.
When reading about all that’s been going on there, I’ve always felt annoyed and frustrated. Now I’m just more saddened over it than anything else.
I echo the previous post and add that this cartoon, and the EXIT ONLY picture currently on the main page of Adaptistration accurately sum up the whole ordeal in a nutshell.
On a much smaller scale, I experienced a similar debacle when a local orchestra which had existed for 47 years folded in the West valley of Phoenix. The board and a few key individuals had made up their minds months in advance to throw in the towel. The orchestra has recently risen from the grave, but the artistic standards are MUCH lower.
My heart goes out to our colleagues in Columbus. Let’s hope that the community will see this for what it is – an outrage – and that they will rise to the occasion.
I am heartened by the Maestro’s outspoken support of the orchestra. This is an extreme rarity in our business and Hirokami should be commended for his blunt, brave words.