Recent changes at the Minnesota Orchestra have some people worried, including professional conductor Bill Eddins.
Eddins, a resident of the Twin Cities and Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, co-writes a blog called Sticks and Drones. In his latest post he compares the Minnesota Orchestra to the battleship USS Minnesota, which was eventually sold for scrap after hitting a mine.
There is a confluence of events pointing to the 2012-13 season. First, they’re in contract negotiations. Second, they’re being kicked out of the hall [for renovations]. Third, the deficit is looming. Suddenly, and I mean very suddenly, the Minnesota is in desperate waters.
For those able to read tea leaves we reached a tipping point last week when Sarah Kwak, Associate CM of the Minnesota, announced she was signing on as Concert Master of Oregon.
Eddins goes on to say while orchestra management seems determined to get costs under control, it doesn’t appear to have a vision for artistic sustainability. Eddins declares that, based on the upcoming season, “The ‘plan’ seems to be to convert the Minnesota into a glorified Pops orchestra.”
You can read all of Eddins’ thoughts on the matter here.