Saturday, March 22, 2008
Media and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra musicians' pay dispute as observed by Ron Spigelman, music director of Springfield Symphony
In Shreveport the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra site has now been essentially hijacked to become primarily the board and management mouthpiece in the current labor dispute. If you go to it here, you will see several diatribes in huge font like this headline in all caps:
SHREVEPORT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INVITES MUSICIANS AND COMMUNITY
TO EMBRACE BOARD’S COMMITMENT TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
This is so potentially damaging. If you were living in Shreveport and thought, maybe we should check out the Symphony, would you buy a ticket after seeing this headline? There is nothing about any upcoming concert on the home page, little positive at all, just "us against everyone" and the audacity of calling themselves in the headline the SHREVEPORT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. They are the board/management NOT THE ORCHESTRA!!!! Here's the Orchestra. It could have been handled with a simple "if you would like to hear the latest news about the current negotiations please click here", or just put in the news section, not to hide but to at least give people a choice of whether to read it or not. Why accentuate the negative ? The bio for instance of their Music Director Michael Butterman is from the 06/07 season! So they update their "position" daily, but not their MD's bio for over a year? They have essentially dismantled the orchestra's identity and created a new one of division and acrimony."
Spigelman's prespective continues at the conductor's blog, Sticks and Drones.