America’s orchestras have, by and large, seen better days: witness the recent shuttering of the Honolulu and Columbus Symphony Orchestras (though Honolulu’s got a nascent new one in the works; come on, Columbus, step up your game), the bankruptcy filing of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the prolonged Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike last year that very nearly killed the DSO completely. Stanford School of Business professor Robert J. Flanagan thinks he has some ideas why, and – maybe – some ideas on how to rectify the situation, in his new book The Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras out of Yale University Press. (FULL ARTICLE: Jonathan Blumhofer, The Arts Fuse)
Orchestras are Suffering Financially. Why is That, Exactly?
February 17, 2012