The 10/9/2013 Los Angeles Times published a fascinating article by music critic Mark Swed juxtaposes the recent round of bad news against what he describes as a thriving Los Angeles classical music scene. The article isn’t some LA centric puff piece; instead, it asks tough questions about sustainability and whether LA is just a bubble waiting to burst to a chorus of “we told you so” naysayers amidst Chicken Little pundits.
On that point, it has been fascinating to witness some of the behind the scenes chatter going on about Swed’s piece, which falls into one of two basic perspectives: Pollyanna principle or sour grapes.
The latter group tends to look for reasons that define why success is an exception and more a stroke of luck that can’t possibly continue rather than the result of cultivation and leadership. The former group goes to the other extreme by using the success as rationale for assuming the results should be easy to universally replicate.
Where Swed’s article excels is focusing on the impact of not only solid long term planning but how a metropolitan area’s overall cultural environment contributes as much toward individual institutional success as any inter-organizational variables.