Philanthropy and the arts.

Commentary on CBS Sunday Morning segment

Great story on Herb Alpert!

His philanthropy is truly necessary today. When the segment on his generous gift to the Harlem School for the Arts showed him saying “…this can’t happen…”, it made me wonder why more like him in this country don’t step up.

Here’s another situation about which we should all be saying “This can’t happen”: the terrible mismanagement of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by it’s board of directors and the potential loss of one of America’s great orchestras. The children studying at the Harlem School for the Arts (and all schools) need the examples set by these great musicians.

Helen, MI



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2 Responses to Philanthropy and the arts.

  1. Carolyn says:

    The point the Management is premising this designated two million dollar contribution on,in part,which insists the Musicians should be forced to teach in the schools to earn a somewhat adequate salary, completely, demonstrates further their lack of understanding about maintaining a firstrate orchestral ensemble as had been achieved over the last 60 years, and its role in music education . One of the most important aspects of learning about music is to frequently attend concerts to hear, feel, see, to experience-live performances of the highest quality and standard. These masterpieces were composed to be performed- recreated- live, not on recordings. It is only in this way, one can learn growing up what that sounds like, what that is,
    how it is produced, or performed, in other words, to hear the melodies, harmonies, combinations of instruments and chords, and what it sounds like to play in tune at the correct tempo, etc., etc., etc. It enables a child to develop his/her ear. To know for and to what to listen. It is to experience with one’s entire being what that quality and standard is. It is , in fact, a lifetime pursuit.
    Those performances of the highest quality and standard are what the DSO Musicians uniquely afford for the students of this area. That is what the board, the Management, the CEO’s should be supporting and doing everything in their power in their roles to present every week. Anything less, evidences these individuals are unquestionably in the wrong place, because they have no understanding of the purpose of a great symphony organization on any level. That is what we have seen and learned over this time. Nor do they have any regard , love, passion, respect , or knowledge of and for the
    Music, the Musicians, the audiences, the public in general, or the donors, the communities, the Heritage, or the Greater Metropolitan Area in general. They have no understanding of their roles in presenting and supporting such concerts of the greatest works created by the finest imaginations in Human History.
    I have never witnessed anything like this in the world of Music. The disrespect of the audiences , alone, in the press releases and emails they write that blatantly lie along with denigrating the musicians, upon whom all of the Management’s and staff’s livelihoods are totally dependent, and who perform the Music,the sole product of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, only exposes the ignorance and disregard they all have for the audiences as well as any Future for the DSO.
    If Beethoven wrote for the musicians to express his thoughts and feelings for the audiences to hear,
    shouldn’t that give even a slight clue as to what this organization is supposed to take do? They most likely never knew this, or even gave it a second, or first, thought.
    If not Beethoven, then, maybe,Lady Gaga, who first and foremost, thanked her fans profusely., last night as did Lady Antebellum, upon receiving their awards, Sunday night.
    Everyone in show business performs for the audiences. It’s simply the cardinal rule.

  2. David Faulkner says:

    I could not agree more! Anyone have Stevie Wonder’s phone number?

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