Can't agree more with the above comments! We have provided the Piccolo Finale for the last four plus years, thanks to Ellen Moryl, with an awesome Motown/Disco concert attended by 15,000 plus! This year we are getting the run-around, blah, blah and we will most likely be replaced with a ho-hum/watered down finale. We tried!!!
Wasn't Robert Carr President of the College of Charleston? Or is my memory fuzzzy? If so, how can he set up a for-profit school of law that is now for sale??????
Thanks for letting us all know what you like by using the words "I" or "My or me" over 35 times in this article.
I was the Exec. Dir. for the CSO from 1992 to 2002. That's quite a bit more than a "couple" of years back. Mr. Beckley is in fact the fifth Exec. Dir. since 2002. I have been in arts management, primarily as an Exec. Dir., since 1973. I have never missed a payroll, never ended a season early, never asked a musician to return anything that was promised and agreed upon in their labor contracts. I had the priviledge of working with Maestro David Stahl for a decade. One where the CSO performed around the entire state of SC and into NC. One where the budget grew frm $1.3 million to my last year around $2.4. If one looks back at the financial records during my tenure, you will find seven years with balanced budgets or small surpluses and three years( not contiguous) with small deficits. Hope this helps to clarify your misunderstanding as to whom you were confusing me with.
Mr. Beckley is rather naive if he thinks that public school music teachers actually want professional musicians invading their backyards. A masterclass once in a while will be endured, but to place any real emphasis on invading the public school music programs with a barrage of masterclasses is totally misguided. In the first place, the future of the CSO rests solely on someone on the staff producing revenue generating ideas, be they concerts, runouts, fundraising events, etc!! Masterclasses produce no revenue. They simply are window dressing when the staff has no other viable revenue generating ideas.
Secondly, Mr. Beckley's experience with web design might enable him to sit in a cubicle and write great gants! It certainly doesn't prepare one for interacting with the public. This is quite obvious when you read some of his arrogant comments. Hiring imports a year in advance is not a novel idea, it has been done at the CSO for last twenty years. Mr. Beckley doesn't seem to understand that musica
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