Recently, WQXR.org polled listeners on what's needed to help troubled orchestras in several major American cities. Focusing on major symphonies in Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, St. Paul and San Antonio – all of which face contract disputes and bulging deficits – the responses varied considerably.
Some listeners called for for management shakeups; others advocated more innovative programming and concert formats. A few said that orchestras need to take on a greater educational role in order to fill the void left by public school cutbacks.
In this segment, we review the poll results and pose some of your comments to three experts:
- Jesse Rosen, president and chief executive of the League of American Orchestras
- Drew McManus, an orchestra consultant and blogger at Adaptistration.com
- Graydon Royce, music critic at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Listen to the show above and tell us what you think of the solutions offered. And please share your reactions in the comments box below.