ts444308, you're right, the CSO did shut down suddenly last year, and there should have been some major action to prevent that, but the idiots running the organization didn't do that, and let the suspension happen. There's no forgiving that (not to mention that they illegally stopped paying their employees in the middle of last season)! I happen to know some of the musicians personally, and know they were kept in the dark about how dire the symphony's financial situation was, and had they known, I know action would have been taken. Mr. Beckley is trying to change that. With new leadership through a new board, a new executive director, hiring a new music director, and a much needed development director, let's hope we see a change in the next few years for the CSO's sake.
It's absolutely tragic the group cut its players (it's product) more than in half. Dreadful, and really stupid. But they did it, and the musicians agreed to it cause they wanted to work and play for their community. I love classical music, and want it in Charleston. I want a symphony. So say what you want, throw you ideas out there, but what's going to make that organization succeed is as much financial support as possible. Nothing can happen, or grow with $0 in the bank.
after reading all the comments so far, someone better be ready to pay some good $$, cause a larger orchestra of better quality with a huge core of strings takes a seriously large yearly budget. Are any of you who have commented and complained about the artistic quality diminishing ready to support the CSO to get that higher quality back? No?? Then you shouldn't complain, because THAT'S why there are only 24 musicians right now. Be glad there is an orchestra at ALL, cause at one point there wasn't, and it was threatened to never be again!
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