I've decided that the path we are on is not going to get us anywhere. I removed the post about Tony Beadle. I may have my presumptions as to who it may or may not be, but that is not the point, at least not when it comes to looking where we are going. It's like saying to the man responsible for maintaining a leak-proof boat, as you are about to go over Niagara Falls in a canoe, "You failed at your job of preventing leaks!!" Too late for that now.
I've also decided that all this bickering does no good. The situation is what it is now. Everyone should leave the past behind as well as they can and really look at ways to make this work in the present and future. The musicians cannot take all the financial responsibility, but it is not the Board's fault entirely for the situation the symphony is in. Or, even if I think it is, the time has come to seek constructive solutions. I tried to explain this idea to an eleven year old son of a friend; If someone says to you, "you suck!" you feel it is your right to respond, "YOU suck!" and they in turn feel the same. It goes on and on until someone takes the high road.
As I see it, there are 3 main components to a successful symphony...the musicians, the Board, and the administration. (Addendum- I failed to mention one of the most important parts of a successful symphony- THE PUBLIC! No orchestra can consider itself a viable part of its city's culture without passionate and persistent outreach to the community.) If these are not all working together in harmony and with trust in each other, no good can come of it, and there most definitely won't be any success. New tactics and EARNEST, SINCERE negotiating needs to be happening. I feel like in the past few months, the major players in all this have been waging an elementary school playground battle, except that a lot of livelihoods are at stake. Maybe I'm crazy...or maybe I'm just asking too much from the people negotiating.