Brilliant Letter from CSO bassist Russ Gill

Russ tackles the three important issues vital to understanding and solving the CSO crisis: 1) the board's apparently insidious desire to kill the orchestra, 2) the urgent need for an outside mediator and 3) the need for more awareness (marketing) of the potential greatness of the CSO. Russ, Columbus and your colleagues in the orchestra thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra board of trustees' statement says a generous gift merely "defers to another day the inevitable suspension of operations due to lack of funds" ("Gift lets symphony finish season, but after that . . . ," Dispatch article, April 29). Is that board doublespeak?

In other words, it doesn't matter how generous all the donors are, the orchestra will close down no matter what. Does this message inspire the community to give to the CSO?

The best way to identify problems would be to bring in an orchestra-management consultant. The president of the musicians union has agreed to this. Board President Robert "Buzz" Trafford has not. Does he have something to hide?

It is critical for an independent consultant to come in and get this organization running smoothly. Once this is done, the money will follow. Our community needs someone who understands the importance of our orchestra and is committed to finding a solution. Some see this orchestra teetering on the edge of a cliff. I see it teetering on the edge of greatness.

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