Just Blow The Damn Thing Up

“The cumulative force of years of negative posturing, while successful in increasing musicians’ pay scales, in my opinion has weakened the Symphony’s prospects and credibility.” So speaks Roy Nolen, a former Houston Symphony board member who says that the orchestra’s problems do not stem from a lack of management competence, but from the inability of the musicians to accept the reality that the residents of the nation’s fourth-largest city simply do not care about orchestral music. “It may be time for the Houston Symphony Society to consider whether a single-city symphony orchestra of high quality is viable in Houston.”