Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Louisville Orchestra in peril
I wanted to let everyone know of a current situation going on in Louisville.
As many of you know, the Louisville Orchestra was a champion for new music in the 1900s. The First Edition Recordings were one of the most important projects that promoted new music.
Like many orchestras, bankruptcy is looking like an unfortunate destination. Talks of not being able to finish the season, coupled with union vs. management disputes, are making some of us very nervous. Not that the LO has done anything for new music in the past five years or so, but to see any orchestra go under is sad.
Unless you have a million dollars lying around, there isn't much to do, except watch a Darwinian exercise that benefits no one.
For more information about the ongoing dispute, you can visit the Louisville newspaper at http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060121/NEWS01/60121002
On another note (of encouragement) to new music in Louisville, the Kentucky Opera will be presenting Mark Adamo's Little Women this weekend. A bold, but successful, move for KY Opera, the fact that a mid-size company is devoting 1/3 of its season to new music is incredible.