I feel like I'm in a bad dream, and that I'll wake up tomorrow to make music for Columbus, as I and my colleagues have done for decades.
A friend just returned from an audition trip to Minneapolis, MN. She described the area around the Orchestra Hall as intensely marketed toward the symphony: a huge poster of their Music Director, Osmo VÃ¤nskÃ¤, Symphony Restaurants, Symphony Apartments. The whole area boasts of and features the symphony.
Here in Columbus, the silence is eerie from those who should know better: our Symphony Board, our Columbus City Council, our Mayor Coleman, our Greater Columbus Arts Council, our Governor Strickland, the Columbus Partnership, the Dispatch "Ohio's Greatest Newspaper", and those whose job it is to do what has been done in Minneapolis, make their orchestra everyone's orchestra.