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Orchestra Nova Artistic Director Resigns, Concerts Canceled

@olinhyde: It's difficult to justify your statement that "unions don't want to innovate" when you realize that those same AFM musicians were in fact on-board with Pak's vision during his tenure. Want two items of proof? Item #1: Nova sold out most of its concerts last season, and Pak didn't do that alone. Item #2: Nova's AFM musicians agreed to start this season without a contract, which shows they wanted to continue on the success of last season. I don't know why in the world an organization's management wouldn't want to continue a system that has proven a success in ticket sales. In other words, I don't know why Nova wouldn't want to keep the musicians who helped turn last season into a success. It's so sad because the real losers in this situation are ticket holders.

Note, I say this as a non-union musician, though watching this Nova saga unfold has made me think about my union stance.

@Woody619: I hope you don't mean to imply that union membership equates to talent. There is no audition requirement for AFM membership that I know of.

@Christian_Hertzog: Amen. I love the Australian Chamber Orchestra vibe. They stand instead of sit, which generates more movement, and therefore more excitement, in an authentic way. I love watching the non-verbal communication within the section, between sections and with the concertmaster. That's where the real electricity lies in live ensemble music. A funny little man hopping about in front of them is only going to distract from that. I say leave the conductors and their big egos to the big orchestras.

And I wasn't aware that Nova seemed to discourage peer review of their work, that's very interesting. Thank you!

October 19, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )