I know, I know, I keep promising my big post but something keeps popping up that catches my interest that I want to post about first. Perhaps it’s some new form of Blogging Adult ADD (BAADD?). Regardless, the first item I want to point out are a pair of articles over at Sticks and Drones from conductor Bill Eddins who has a lot to say about the situation…
The initial post, Strike Two!, apparently generated enough rancorous comments that Eddins had to put down his virtual foot. But that pales in comparison to his second installment, The Importance of Being Ernest…¸which generated quite a few comments in its first 24 hours, some of which were from Detroit Symphony musicians. Not one to back down from having ideas challenged, Eddins has been responding to a number of comments.
I debated on whether or not to even mention the other item but after a few dozen email messages asking “did you see…” it seems worthwhile to mention it. The “it” in question is an article by Terry Teachout in the 9/18/2010 edition of the Wall Street Journal. This is the second unfortunately misinformed piece from Teachout on the business of orchestras, the other being his piece from 6/12/2010 which skewers the relevance of regional orchestras. Typically, Teachout is a very thoughtful, big picture observer but these two articles are decidedly off in left field when compared to his usual perspective.
Teachout’s first piece garnered a great deal of ire throughout every stakeholder group in this business but given the labor tinged elements surrounding Detroit, I don’t expect to see the same sort of unified reaction. But then again, I’ve been wrong before. I’d take the time to address some of Teachout’s misinformed points but frankly, it just isn’t worth the time since the apparent foundation for his conclusions is so flawed, it makes the entire endeavor an exercise in futility.
Update: Another post went up today from Barry Johnson worth pointing out over at arts dispatch, The Detroit Symphony: We disagree with more experts.