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ASO Performers Offer to Perform With Choruses

The musicians at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are offering to come to all three high schools involved in the chorus "diversity" controversy for free and perform with each choral group.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association (ASOPA) is offering to travel to  on the grounds of "diversity" to perform with their choral groups for free, the association has said in a press release.

"[The Association] has sat by in dismay for the past several days observing the ASO management’s disintegrating relations with , , and , and the whole community," ASOPA said.

"As musicians who love to play with the talented choruses at these schools, we want to help resolve these ongoing issues."

ASOPA's offer is as follows: the musicians will travel to all three schools for free to put on a concert with each choral group. The schools may use these concerts as fundraisers, and keep any proceeds from them.

William Compton August 18, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I want the administration to do something, not the musicians. Doesn't change our minds at all.
Marlene Mitchell August 18, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Their offer is generous but kinda lacks an apology from the offending administration. But when you still don't know what went wrong it's kind of hard to form an apology that seems heart felt or sincere. It was their unfortunate choice of words that got them in this mess to begin with. Maybe we are all better off if they don't think out loud anymore.
Susie August 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM
You're right, ASO can invite whoever they want. It's the way they "uninvited" the schools that is the problem. If they had simply said "Lassiter & Walton have been here for four years; we want to give someone else the opportunity", this would be a total non-issue.
Glynn Finley August 21, 2012 at 06:58 AM
http://www.atlsymphonymusicians.com/1/post/2012/08/atlanta-symphony-musicians-offer-to-perform-for-free-with-choral-groups.html Atlanta patrons need to read this article in order to validate that the musicians of the Atlanta Symphony are the ones willing to compensate for the sub-standard performance of management within the Atlanta Symphony. Upper management seems to be unwilling to accept a responsibility for mis-management, be it financial, structural or in the arena of public relations. If it were not for the musicians, the musical and cultural opportunities available for the patrons of Atlanta would not exist. These musicians have consistently demonstrated their personal/professional commitment to culture and the "Fine Arts" as well as their commitment to the city of Atlanta by their training (from early childhood), quality of performance, public relations and continued willingness to compromise. The only professional/personal commitment management has demonstrated is their completion of a degree in business management while demonizing the musicians at the expense of the city of Atlanta, its patrons and the benefactors it has a responsibility to serve.
Dutch Weiner August 22, 2012 at 02:09 AM
When minorities are given a fake boost, it does not really help them in the end because, ultimately, a person's occupational value depends on the demand for tbeir work product. When these Walton/Lasiter students are sitting behind a desk interviewing job candidates at some point in the future, I wonder if this lesson in "diversity" will have an effect, consciously or subconsciously, on their decisions. Good job, ASO!

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