Perhaps the budget cuts have everyone on edge and granted, we all probably take ourselves a bit too seriously for our own good in this business but it was a bit surprising to see some of the feedback to the satirical news piece posted by Leonard Slatkin at his website on 9/23/2009 detailing some new “changes” in store at the Detroit Symphony…
I received no less than three dozen emails messages, and who knows how many Facebook notes from folks aghast over this piece for a wide variety of reasons from those who took it seriously to those who thought it wasn’t right to joke around the way Leonard did:
Most of the soloists will be surprised to learn that the tuttis that usually herald the first entrance will go away. So no more three minute intro for either the Brahms 1st piano concerto or Violin Concerto.
Slatkin has a reason for this as well.
“We are not paying them to sit or stand around.”
Personally, I thought that one was hilarious but humor is far from universal so in case you haven’t read it, check it out and decide for yourself. Funny? Not so funny? What do you think?