BREAKING NEWS, 2/21/2011, 5:55pm ET: According to a press statement delivered by Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Director of Public Relations, Elizabeth Weigandt, the organization does not have any plans to hire replacement musicians and asserts that “independent and inaccurate conclusions” were drawn in today’s Detroit News article which broke this story.
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DSO Statement – 2.21.11
Today’s article in The Detroit News by Lawrence Johnson, “DSO: Change tune or be replaced” drew independent and inaccurate conclusions based on an interview with DSO Executive Vice President Paul Hogle. Mr. Hogle did not state that the DSO is “prepared to move forward with a newly assembled group of players.” The DSO has no plans of this nature.
The DSO has been consistent in expressing a belief that a new orchestra model is necessary in metro Detroit in order to grow and sustain a vibrant patron base – one that engages audiences at the community and educational level. At this time, we will focus solely on the important work of addressing the needs of our patrons, growing our already robust educational programs, building our business in presentations, special events, rentals and retail and enhancing our partnerships in the communities we serve.
We remain hopeful that the musicians will return to the bargaining table and agree to a sustainable financial terms that will end the strike.
When asked for confirmation whether or not the DSO is considering any plans that involve hiring replacement musicians, Ms. Weigandt said “We are not considering any plans that involve hiring replacement musicians or forming a new orchestra.” Likewise, Ms. Weigandt said that the Detroit News article was similarly inaccurate when it attributed a remarks from Paul Hogle stating that any future ensemble would include only those members of the current orchestra who agree to unilaterally presented terms. However, she did say “As the DSO’s financial situation deteriorates, that will affect what we can spend on a labor contract with the musicians.”
When asked if the if the quote attributed to Paul Hogle in the Detroit News was fabricated, Ms. Weigandt said “Fabricated is not a word I would use. We believe that inaccurate conclusions were drawn from what Paul said.”
Stay tuned as we’ll update this post with new information as details develop.