Friday, August 13, 2010

Detroit Symph Musicians To Present Own Shows

Contract talks have been going slowly between the Detroit Symphony and its musicians (or the union). And it looks as if the latter isn't seeing things speeding up any time soon: they announced that they're presenting two of their own concerts in September. 

They've set up their own website to make their case (dsomusicians.com), which I found out on Twitter (@dsomusicians).

In tough times, musicians have a skill for coming up with creative solutions to keep their art alive. Why, once a contract is signed, don't they demonstrate that same energy and creativity? Why aren't orchestras--which are, at base, the musicians--harnessing all that creative power--to organize, program, present, and communicate--when times are good to build their audience and make themselves relevant?