Graydon Royce’s latest:
The rhetoric softened noticeably on Wednesday. “I was encouraged by the meeting,” said board chairman Jon Campbell.
A spokesman for the musicians said only that the players “agreed to a fresh start.”
The board offered a four-point plan for musicians to consider:
• Return to the organization’s former mission statement, with two changes to emphasize community service and financial stability.
• Share more financial data with musicians, including forecasts through 2015.
• Invite musicians to submit a proposal for a “mutually agreeable independent financial review” to verify the orchestra’s financial condition.
• Offer a schedule of dates for more meetings.
“We had good dialogue around the four ideas that we had, and agreement on the concepts of financial sustainability and artistic quality and the fresh start,” said Campbell.
I need to sleep on the news and mull it all over. But obviously the first thought that struck me…
Five weeks ago, financial review = a frolic and detour
But now, apparently financial review =
So, hmm. What happened in the interim…. I wonder…
Anyway, I’m sensing a new SOTL catchphrase, folks! One that would be at home in an advertising campaign for deodorant or detergent.
What do you think? Are we being played? Is pressure being applied behind the scenes? Is the MOA scared of the state legislature? What do you think? Unfortunately right now my cynicism meter is on high. So I’m waiting for the trick and the catch.
More analysis to come, after I dream of “mutually agreeable independent financial reviews.” Whatever those are.