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Compromise means I get what I want and you get what I want. [Aug. 29th, 2013|06:10 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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I am long past being surprised by anything the Minnesota Orchestra Board does. But this article, while not surprising, was pretty frustrating. “Let’s do mediation! Crap, mediation seems to mean that we don’t just get our way! Let’s go outside the mediation! To ask for the same things as we did in mediation!”

There was a perception in the Mpls classical music community that the deadline for getting this fixed was Labor Day weekend, because Osmo–our conductor, a kickass Finn who is pals with other kickass Finns of classical music interest–has said he will resign if the Orchestra is not going to be ready for the Carnegie Hall concerts in the fall. We’ve since heard that 9/15, not 9/2, is the date at which he thinks that’s reasonable. I can’t really argue with that. The man knows his stuff, which is why we still want him around.

Which is why. We still want him around.

One of the life skills I only acquired as an adult, and with some difficulty, was the ability to say, “Hey, this person’s behavior makes no sense. I should stop twisting myself into knots to try to see a way in which it does make sense! Because sometimes people just don’t.” I try not to overuse this. But it’s a lot better to acknowledge when someone is making no sense than to warp reality around them. And that’s kind of where I am with the Orchestra Board here. I have turned it over and over, trying to look for a hidden agenda or a secret way in which all this would make sense. It doesn’t. They’re trashing a local cultural treasure out of stubborn conviction that they are Righty Right Right, without regard to whether being right is the only relevant thing here.

I recently read Lawful Interception, the new Cory Doctorow novella, and I’m not sure I really thought the music analogy in it was quite right. But I thought of it again when I read the MN Orchestra article. I thought of how the MN Orchestra has already built this system with great communication among skilled artists, and…well. Cory’s story seemed relevant after all.

Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux


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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-08-30 01:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, the Sibelius programming will be great if you can get it. I would definitely recommend going, if you can get tickets that you feel are reliable.

Which is the big if, isn't it? Stay tuned. I will keep posting.
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[User Picture]From: wild_irises
2013-09-02 10:07 pm (UTC)
Onyxlynx on Dreamwidth just posted this link, which I thought you might want to see (if you haven't run into it already).
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-09-03 02:15 am (UTC)
Funnily enough, I had it open in my browser but had not read it when I saw your comment. It's a really good link, and I thank you for commending it to my attention.
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