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The problem with the Nashville Symphony — and many others — isn’t the music

Nashville Symphony Orchestra

NASHVILLE — Exactly two years ago this month, I came up with the idea of launching this website. At the time, no other media were publishing regular reviews of Nashville Symphony Orchestra concerts. That struck me as a terrible oversight, given that the NSO had won six Grammy Awards (the tally is now seven).

Of course, I had no idea whether a venture like this would fly, so I decided to ask a prominent composer and university professor for his thoughts. He listened attentively for a few minutes and finally declared the endeavor to be admirable. But then he added that he also thought the idea was moot.

“Why, do you think no one will be interested in reading about the arts?” I asked.

“No,” he said matter-of-factly.  “I just don’t think there will be any orchestras left in America to write about in 10 years.”

I was thinking a lot about that stunning statement last week, after the Nashville Symphony Orchestra announced that it would not renew a letter of credit on about $100 million in bond obligations.

(For the rest of this editorial, read ArtsNash.)

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