Sunday, December 16, 2007

Seattle Symphony in NY Times

The Seattle Symphony made the New York Times this weekend.  The article isn't favorable and it reports a lot of the same information that has made the Seattle Weekly.  The focus of the article is on an impending lawsuit but it also manages to traverse a little more than ten years of symphony turmoil.  Sources are plentiful and generally negative.  Nevertheless, a couple of the kinder paragraphs at the beginning of the article describe the recent good fortune of the orchestra:

"Yet even as this soap opera has unfolded, the orchestra has continued its rise from regional ensemble to national presence. With a current roster of 88 and a budget of $22 million, it plays in one of America’s finest modern auditoriums, Benaroya Hall. It also churns out recordings while others remain mute and made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2004. It has a large and loyal audience and, as of this season, a balanced budget at a time when neither can be taken for granted.

Much of the orchestra’s success can be attributed to its conductor, Gerard Schwarz, a throwback to the era of long-ruling maestros, having held the podium for nearly a quarter-century. He has been the kind of music director often held up as the ideal, heavily involved in fund-raising for the orchestra and active in the civic affairs of Seattle."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I found this section of the NY Times article interesting:

A recently obtained copy of the survey showed that the players voted 61 to 8 in favor of new artistic leadership and 61 to 12 to form a search committee for a new music director. Players anonymously poured out a litany of complaints — some stated with eloquence, others with angry language — about Mr. Schwarz and the board’s attitude toward their opinions.