DSO Executive Committee Postpones Decisions

Yesterday’s executive committee meeting at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) held the potential for becoming a watershed moment for the institution following statements from DSO leaders earlier in the month that the committee could decide to suspend the current season and/or postpone 2011/12 season planning. As it turned out, the executive committee decided to postpone any decisions about the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons until next week…

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Just Don’t Call It A Merger

Last week, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Washington National Opera (WNO) announced that both organizations have adopted a similar relationship that the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) shares with the Kennedy Center. Officially, it is called an affiliation as the WNO retains their independent 501(c)3 status, but in a more practical sense the deal is a straightforward acquisition…

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A Whirlwind Weekend In Detroit

The ongoing labor dispute at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is arguably becoming a text book case of what not to do in a work stoppage and the past few days have added a few chapters. Both sides agreed to sit down for a bargaining session on Thursday, 1/20/2011 and with a mutually agreed to a news blackout in place, it seemed as though this might be a sign of progress. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out…

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