Monthly Archives: February 2011

Letter from Noah A. VanValkenburg

Dear SOS and the Management of the DSO: My name is Noah VanValkenburg, and I have grown up with the Detroit Symphony. My father, Jim VanValkenburg, is a violist for the DSO. Ever since I was born, I’ve grown up … Continue reading

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Letter from Ginny Owens

Dear Members of the Executive Board: I am a twenty-eight year old violinist and I currently am employed as a violin teacher in Oakland County. As the strike has unfolded I’ve tried to remain open-minded, listening to the facts presented … Continue reading

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An open letter to the DSO Board of Directors

Dear Esteemed Members of the Detroit Symphony Board of Directors, Since its inception three short months ago, SOS has tried to be a neutral voice in the struggle between DSO leadership and DSO musicians. Sadly, we find that this is … Continue reading

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Mail the Media

Help make news, mail the media representatives to help Save Our Symphony! Media Title First Last E-mail Daily Tribune Mr. Joe Ballor [email protected] Detroit Free Press Mr. Steve Byrne [email protected] Detroit Free Press Ms. Rachel May [email protected] [email protected] WRCJ, 90.9 … Continue reading

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DSO Percussion Section says Goodbye.

It is with a heavy heart that the Musicians of the Detroit Symphony announce the departure of our entire percussion section. Our valued colleagues are saying “Good-bye” as they leave Detroit to continue their professional careers elsewhere… Click HERE for … Continue reading

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DSO Board of Directors

These are the names of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors taken from the DSO Website on February 6, 2011 Stanley Frankel, Chairman of the Board Executive Committee Paul M. Huxley, First Vice Chair Marlies Castaing, Second Vice Chair … Continue reading

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Response to column from Carolyn Goldstein

The following comment was in response to a discussion on a about the postings and content on The honesty of the content and tone of the posts is criticized. The following is a defense of the Musicians’ website: … Continue reading

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DSO facebook discussed on Michigan Public Radio

Click HERE for the audio:  Michigan Public Radio article on the DSO facebook page… Social media is an “invitation to involvement” Cornelia Pokryzwa is a long time fan and patron of the orchestra. She thinks the strike discussions on the … Continue reading

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How to wreck an orchestra:

Joel Thurtell was a reporter with the Detroit Free Press for 23 years.  This is from his excellent blog.  A link to the blog is HERE —– Start with a world-class orchestra, one ranked in the top 10 in the … Continue reading

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Bobby McFerrin won’t cross musician’s picket line

Bobby’s statement: DETROIT SHOW POSTPONED March 3, 2011 performance at Orchestra Hall will be rescheduled at a later date tbd “It’s so sad that I must postpone my show at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. I was hoping a settlement between … Continue reading

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