The musicians who play with the Louisville Orchestra and who are operating under the title Keep Louisville Symphonic.org have planned a benefit for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Victims, which will happen on Saturday, April 2, 7:30 pm in Heeren Hall, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2825 Lexington Road. There will be pre-concert activities celebrating Japanese culture, for all ages. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund.
With the relatively abrupt departure of CEO Allan Cowen from the Fund For the Arts, Board members are scrambling to figure out a way forward, with the usual committee to find a replacement on the top of the list. With the turmoil currently afflicting various arts groups in town, including the serious financial problems of the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Ballet, the need for new leadership and direction seems to be clear to the Board, if the comments that Elizabeth Kramer reports are any indication. The C-J also has an editorial about the matter, plus there’s a letter from Craig Kaviar, who organized a recent protest at the Fund’s offices. Stay tuned for more fun episodes!
The ongoing saga of the Louisville Orchestra’s reorganization under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy continues, this time with an additional two months extension granted by judge David T. Stosberg. The LO now has until May 31 to present its plan for reorganization, a date which coincides with the expiration of the current contract the LO has with its musicians. The Louisville Orchestra Musicians’ Association objected to the delay. The C-J’s Elizabeth Kramer has more of the grimy details.
Lost in the ongoing squabble (fittin’ in the yard, as Leatherhead Lynn would say) is a legal shell lobbed at the Louisville Orchestra Musicians’ Association website atwww.lomusicians.org, which ordered the players to remove all content referring to the Louisville Orchestra from the website, thus proving that no detail is too small to battle over. The players bowed to the demand and created a new website, called www.keeplouisvillesymphonic.org, which contains very carefully worded text, with only a short reference to the Louisville Orchestra but which does not refer to the musicians as Louisville Orchestra musicians. Eeewww. In case you haven’t kept up with the situation, David Serchuk at LEO had a lengthy article last week. (Required reading for this class.)
The Board of The Louisville Bach Society has voted to cease operations at the end of the current season. The decision was driven in part by the serious financial circumstances of the organization but perhaps more importantly, by the retirement of the founders and longtime leaders, Melvin and Margaret Dickinson. Elizabeth Kramer has more details at the C-J. Business First offers financial details.
Catching up with this week’s neo LEO, we find Mat Herron interviewing the Scissor Sisters, which band is opening for Lady Gaga on Saturday at the Yum! David Serchuk has an lengthy article on the Louisville Orchestra situation, including a look at the Louisville Orchestra Foundation, which has seen its portfolio fall considerably over the last three years. Finally, Matt Sullivan reviews the new Minnow CD, Hello Hubris.
Over at Velocity, which this week has a very music-heavy issue, Joe Lord has a solid article on Gill Holland and sonaBlast! Records, particularly noting the different business model the label is running with. Jeffrey Puckett also writes up the Scissor Sisters, while noting the Lexington connection within the band. (That article ran in the C-J yesterday.) Lord also has an overview of several Louisville bands that have been making some noise of late, including, of course, MMJ, The Pass, Wax Fang, The Fervor, Bukshot, Broken Spurs, Whistle Peak, the Deloreans, the Ladybirds, Renzo Charlez, and Lydia Burrell. Joe Lord also wrote a story on the resurgence of video in the music scene. (Joe really earned his paycheck this week.)
The Louisville Youth Orchestra got a nize write-up in this morning’s C-J.
In a meeting of creditors last Thursday, the Louisville Orchestra’s CEO, Robert Birman, said that the organization does not have enough cash on had to make its January 31 payroll. Discussions are under way with the boards that control the LO’s endowments about obtaining the necessary funds to continue to operate. The orchestra has not canceled any of its scheduled events, although it has changed selections and featured performers. The remainder of the season is questionable. Elizabeth Kramer at the C-J has more details.