Shreveport Symphony board, mutely went into strike mode on Thursday, says the Shreveport Times.
Meanwhile, an alternative symphony is being birthed by the musicians. On Sun, Oct 11, the Opus (Orchestra Players United of Shreveport-Bossier) organization will present a full orchestra concert at First Baptist Church. The performance has been billed as a benefit for hurricane relief in NW La.
The board's attitude seems to be "The money simply isn't there." The musicians' attitude seems to be "You have not effectively searched for the money." Nor has anyone stepped forward to offer the funds or a viable plan to generate orchestra-saving support.
Shreveport's ability to survive and be productive can be measured by the way we approach this phase of the struggle. Instead of antagonistic press releases and a replay of the vituperative remarks anonymously posted on web sites, I propose a change.
A public presentation - online or on TV or radio - of each side's position, followed by mediators' analyses, would be a helpful next step. It would be a bit like a presidential debate. One of the mediators' roles would be to tell the audience what has happened to orchestras in similar circumstances.
At the end of the presentations, however, must come a pitch for money.
Is there any effective way to rebuild the fund that will support a Shreveport-Bossier orchestra?