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What Do We Want? A Radio Orchestra! When Do We Want It? Now!

Posted at 2:35 PM on April 7, 2008 by Gillian Martin (2 Comments)

As the kind of person who wishes that riots still broke out occasionally at classical music concerts, I was thrilled to see music-lovers in Vancouver take to the streets last week in support of the soon-to-be-disbanded CBC Radio Orchestra.

For more on the decision to disband (dis-orchestra?) the last surviving radio orchestra in North America, see this article.

What do you think, is it time for the Minnesota Public Radio Symphony?


Comments (2)

The timing sure couldn't be worse, could it? This news comes just as we're being told there's a move to cut back public broadcasting funds in this country as well. But to your question, Gillian, relatively new listener that I am I'm already convinced MPR is just about the best there is though I suppose an MPR Symphony would be nice. If I may answer a question with another (or two or three), where will the funding come from? If the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gets hit with a 50% reduction isn't that going to have an effect on MPR? (I don't know what percentage of support we get from CPB.) Can we take that 'trickle-down hit' and still come up with the funds to support an orchestra?

Apparently despite the success of the CBC Symphony (lots of CDs sold, etc) it was still a 'financial drag'...so wouldn't MPR be setting itself up for the same kind of losses?

Can't wait to see what those with more insider knowledge have to say about your question.

Happy on-line in CA and OR,
Don LeCouteur

Posted by Don LeCouteur | April 9, 2008 6:18 PM


Oh, just to be clear, I'm totally blowing smoke here. The MPR Symphony is a "wouldn't it be loverly" fantasy of my own--there are no feasibility studies or anything.

But I do love the idea of an in-house orchestra that could play music live on the radio on a regular basis, and provide additional employment to the many talented freelance musicians here.

And if any American radio enterprise was going to have one, I think it would be MPR (or American Public Media, anyway, the national distribution part of the company).

Posted by Gillian Martin | April 11, 2008 4:02 PM