It is in the nature of trade conferences to see light at the end of tunnels and the world through roseate lenses. People come from all over the world to be reassured that all is well, and they are still in business.
Even from this perspective, however, the opening day of the Cleveland conference of the League of American Orchestras has been magnificently tunnel-visioned.
The opening session contained several joyous affirmations of the glory of orchestral music, how good it is for kids, the benefits to health and society and its ineluctable affinities with motherhood and apple pie.
All difficulties are challenges, all retreats strategic, all financial issues unspoken. Oh happy we who assemble in the halls of great muses. Oh welcome tomorrow, so much better than today.
A cheerleader clicks orchestral credos on a screen above his head. We squint and murmur affirmation.
We look at the clock. It has gone back 30 years.
Tomorrow is … whenever.
We’ll keep you posted.