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Biznus,I'm not pretending that the musicians of the Spokane Symphony are better human beings than the people who play music in per service orchestras who have day jobs. They are, however, better musicians. To play at the level that these people play takes up to four hours per day, no days off. People who work regular jobs do not have that kind of free time, or else have to make huge sacrifices in order to do so. The musician with a day job who plays at the level of the Spokane Symphony core is a rare individual indeed. Believe me, I'm in a position to know.
Hey David, Got a question for you: Do you want players with "day jobs", or do you want a unique product in the Inland Northwest, an orchestra made up of strictly professional musicians? FYI, there are plenty of orchestras around the area that are made up of musicians with day jobs. I could rattle them off for you, but you could also do a quick google search and find them. How successful do you think Spokane will be marketing a product that is no longer unique?Are you implying somehow that Spokane deserves any less of an orchestra than the one it has now? Based on seeing the over-capacity crowd at Shadle Park High School last Saturday, I´d say Spokane loves, and deserves, the orchestra it currently has. And somehow, without any prior concert promotion experience, the musicians managed to throw together a top notch, unforgettable performance in very short order. Who really is expensive here? Are the musicians expensive? Yes, very, but worth every penny. They also deserve to make enough of a living that they can devote the majority of their time to perfecting their craft, so they can continue to bring us the great performances we saw this past weekend. But as far as I understand the finances of the Symphony, they don´t even make up half of the budget.Do people understand and appreciate what they do? Not enough of them. And for the past few years, the opportunities to build up an audience through outreach concerts were squashed, not by musicians, but by management, or, shall I say, mis-management.Just some food for thought.
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