Fascinating and informative comments on the problems classical orchestras face in today's competitive arts environment. Unfortunately, most of the comments answering the question "What do we want to fight for?" are negative, such as;
The unspoken truth behind why major American symphony orchestras have chronic funding shortfalls is that they have ceased giving concerts that interest and engage the modern audience.
Is the current model of the symphony orchestra as we know it (created at least a century ago) still viable?
They may also be truthful. But blog author Ian David Moss offers plenty of optimistic angles in his post responding to the comments. Though he admits that even he, a musician and composer, albeit a poor one, rarely attends live concerts, and then only if he gets comp tickets.
It’s very hard for me to imagine any normal concert program (i.e., one without a world premiere) that would induce me to pay as much as $40 for a ticket—and even that number would have been a lot lower a few years ago.
Clearly, though, orchestras must have something to offer, since they’ve inspired the passion of all of you and untold thousands of others for generations.
What need were they filling, for their players, composers, or audience? And let’s not forget personal histories either. What first drew you to the orchestra? And specifically, what was it that made you decide you wanted to dedicate your life’s work, or at least a significant portion of it, to advancing and celebrating this art form?
The write has another blog called CreatEquity, about arts policy. Good stuff.