Letter from Charles W. Rileigh

“According to the Detroit News, the Board of Directors will meet on January 25th to decide the fate of the remainder of the 2010/2011 DSO Season. If the Board cancels the remainder of the season, this will be the first time since 1949 that a DSO season has been cancelled. Does the Board really wish that onus placed upon them? I would hope not. Please, end this terrible strike! Get the DSO back on stage and doing what it does best: playing great music with passion. Don’t destroy  the magnificent Detroit Symphony Orchestra that was created for us by Paray, Ehrling, Dorati, and Jarvi.

Sincerely yours,

Charles W. Rileigh


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  • Kevin Good


    Thanks so much for your support and your well-reasoned letter. As this protracted power-grab wears on, one question emerges:

    What if the Board truly does not care about the institution it has pledged to serve?

    On one level it seems almost absurd to propose such a question, but any serious look into the (in)actions of this board- and I mean EVERYTHING…. the financing of the Max, the draining of the endowment, the loss of the summer home, and on and on and on and on….and you have to ask:

    What agenda are they serving and who the hell do these people think they are?

    Exactly WHO asked them to change the institution from world-class to third-rate?

    Exactly why do they think they can say that no more money will be raised unless it’s with their specific approval or for their specific projects?

    Have they mucked up the finances of this institution so badly that they need this smoke screen of labor-management discord to obfuscate that which is obvious to everyone: that the DSO is saddled by an Executive Committee with little or no creativity, ZERO vision and even less courage?

    It might be nice if anyone on the board had the guts or decency to stand up and answer these questions, but it’s pretty clear that Nicholson and his small cadre of small-minded zealots are holding the entire institution hostage.

    How long will the other board members allow this to go on?

    Kevin Good
    Committed musician and 32-year veteran of countless management incursions and clueless board inaction.

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