Musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra, on tour in Vienna, have sent a moving message to the wreckers of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra:
To: Stanley Romanstein and The Woodruff Arts Center Board
From: The Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra
The Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra give their full support to our colleagues of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and condemn the deplorable tactics of ASO CEO Stanley Romanstein and the board of the Woodruff Arts Center.
Born of the tragic airplane crash in 1962 at Orly Airport in Paris, France when 106 of Atlanta’s arts and community leaders perished, the Woodruff Arts Center (originally named Memorial Arts Center) supported and nourished a semi-professional orchestra until it became one of our nation’s most recorded and acclaimed musical groups. Mr. Romanstein and the Board of the Woodruff Arts Center dishonor those whose perished on that plane and all of the thousands of Atlantans that over the past fifty years have supported symphonic music performed at the highest level.
Mr. Romanstein and the Woodruff Arts Center Board, the musicians of the ASO made a significant sacrifice two years ago so that the music could continue, as well as giving you the time to put a funding plan in place. We view your tactics as an excuse to cover up your failure to uphold your part of the bargain, which has reflected negatively on the city of Atlanta. It is time to reward the musicians with a contract they deserve, and end this unethical and deplorable lockout.
Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra