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In Reply to: RE: That's faulty analysis. posted by rbolaw on April 07, 2015 at 18:07:19
Even though I understand that everybody's favorite mayor, Rob Ford, voted against funding the orchestra! ;-)
Really, I don't think there's anything "faulty" about the CBC analysis - it's just looking at the situation from a different point of view. But let's let Valentina speak for herself (accent is pretty heavy!):
Of course, as you might imagine, RT is having a field day with this! ;-)
If they have to kowtow to a wealthy patron to that extent. The faulty part (at least under US law) is the idea that anything illegal happened. An orchestra is entitled to steer clear of PR pitfalls and political controversies that could affect its fundraising. Now, a decision like this can backfire and do them more harm than good. I don't know if that will happen in this case, though.
Indeed! It's already reported that some Toronto Symphony patrons have cancelled their subscriptions. Probably not a critical mass yet, but you never know what may happen, especially if this thing drags on for a while.
Some posts I've seen on other sites referred to the "good old days" of 2009, when pianist Krystian Zimerman harangued an audience in Disney Hall (just before the last piece on his concert) about US foreign policy, and admonished them to "get your hands off my country!", causing some listeners to walk out and others to applaud. To my knowledge, I don't know of any political rants from the stage on Valentina's part (at least so far!).
Indeed, in 1971 Leonid Kogan actually refused to give a concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony because they had a "Russian defector" in their cello section. But when a performer goes public with controversial political views, he or she has to be prepared to accept the backlash.
"Part of his disenchantment with the USA may be that with the stepped up militarization and security at US airports, it has become increasingly difficult to bring his piano into the country. In incidents in 2001 and 2006, one of his Steinway pianos was completely destroyed and another one damaged by security staff at New York's JFK airport."
Can you blame him?
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