Category Archives: Letters

Letter from David Assemany

DSO Leadership, In the interest of understanding why the negotiations are stalled, please answer the following questions: You have stated that the orchestra needs to remodel itself. Will you please provide board members, musicians and the community with a detailed … Continue reading

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Letter from Jack and Anne Hommes

We will not contribute to any of the MAX endeavors until we have our SYMPHONY back, with last year’s orchestral musicians, and a contract agreed to by the arbitration panel as proposed by the musicians and currently being rejected by … Continue reading

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Letter from Timothy Briggs

Dear DSO Board of Directors, Let me begin by introducing myself. I’m Timothy Briggs, a faculty member in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at Oakland University. For the past three months I’ve been observing the public conversation regarding the … Continue reading

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Letter from Cornelia Pokrzywa

  Dear DSO Board of Directors, I know you have received many letters from people urging you to settle the strike. This letter is different. This letter is a trip down memory lane, a snapshot of a serendipitous moment that … Continue reading

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Letter to Mayor Bing from Sharman Spieser

To the Honorable Dave Bing Mayor, City of Detroit March 26, 2011 Dear Mayor Bing, Please accept my sincere condolences, as it appears that the City of Detroit is about to lose its beloved Detroit Symphony Orchestra. What this means … Continue reading

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Open letter to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors:

March 19, 2011 To the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors: Save Our Symphony, on behalf of its 5000 members, is making an urgent plea to you as the stewards of one of Detroit’s greatest cultural assets and institutions. We … Continue reading

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Detroit Symphony, Phoenix-like, Rises from the Ashes.

I’ve told the story of what could possibly happen here as an extended but imaginary New York Times article on Sunday, October 20, 2019 – four days prior to a huge community gathering on Woodward Avenue, celebrating Orchestra Hall’s 100th … Continue reading

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An open letter to Governor Snyder and Mayor Bing

March 18, 2011 Dear Governor Snyder and Mayor Bing: We, the Save Our Symphony Group, who are now over 5,000 strong, are making an urgent plea to both of you as the executives of our state and our city, to … Continue reading

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Letter to Supporters of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Published March 17, 2011 on the DSO Musicians Website To Supporters of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, I have hesitated to write this letter, because I have not known what effect it will have. I do not know if anyone is … Continue reading

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The Ginny Owens, Peter Cummings, Doug Scott thread in its entirety

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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