February 2, 2011
The Detroit News
To the Editor:
We are dismayed that on February 2nd the Detroit News printed an editorial about the Detroit Symphony labor impasse without contacting the groups that could reasonably be expected to balance the script clearly provided to you by DSO management: Save Our Symphony, Inc, Saving-the-DSO, the Citizens Group, and the musicians themselves.
We believe that “the numbers” are not the real reason for this impasse. Yes – the organization’s finances are in critical condition, but not beyond salvage. The real reason for the current impasse is that a small handful of misguided individuals on the Executive Board and in management have a mission to change the DSO into a different kind of organization. The “New Model” spoken about by management and championed by the League of American Orchestras is not what the people of Michigan want or deserve. The DSO should remain a top rank orchestra, with a full season and a full complement of musicians, not a talent pool for management to draw on to fund their other pursuits.
People who have historically supported the DSO, such as the members of SOS are not currently contributing to the DSO because they do not support this new model or this current management. We have been assured by our membership that when the current management team is replaced and the orchestra is back on the stage of Orchestra Hall money will begin pouring in.
Please note: SOS has repeatedly asked DSO management for the financial information you used in your article. We have yet to receive that information or even a confirmation of our request. DSO management does not have access to our membership list. We are surprised and disappointed you reported their claim that 70% of our members do not contribute to the DSO.
In closing, we can only hope your unfortunate and one-sided editorial does not further delay the return of the musicians to the stage of Orchestra Hall with a contract that is fiscally viable and does not compromise the artistic integrity of this institution.
Save Our Symphony, Inc.
Judy Doyle, President
Denise Neville, Vice president
David Assemany, Secretary
David Kuziemko, Treasurer
Click HERE for a link to the editorial.