Readers Write: (Dec. 14): Guthrie Theater, orchestra board leadership, college readiness, attention to lung disease

  • Updated: December 13, 2013 - 6:10 PM

Here’s what I get from the time I spend attending plays.

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GUTHRIE THEATER

The value of taking in these plays

Since moving to Minnesota in 1969, I have missed few seasons at the Guthrie, and have wandered now and then into some of the other theaters. Never — well, hardly ever — have I been disappointed (“Guthrie’s first loss in 19 years,” Dec. 10, and “Was it the leg room? The language?” Readers Write, Dec. 12).

In truth, many of us live an easy life. We have shelter, food, clothing, heat and some money somewhere on which we can depend. These gifts make going to the theater possible for us.

Why do I go? An elderly widow, I enjoy the opportunity to, for a brief time, enter the lives of others and share their ups and downs. With a willing suspension of disbelief, I am there with them as they live out these pieces of their lives. And I take a great deal home with me that has the possibility to make some changes in my world as well.

Having lived with teenagers, I find there is little language on stage that I’ve not heard.

My curiosity will keep me in the audience. I hope this is true for many.

MARIE VOGL GERY, Northfield, Minn.

 

MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA

A change is needed in board leadership

In the Nov. 25 issue of the New Yorker, Alex Ross writes:

 

“The formidable Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, who had been working wonders as Minnesota’s music director, resigned on October 1st, after a yearlong labor dispute. … [T]he management had stooped to ruthless union-busting tactics, going so far as to buy up Internet domain names that could be used to support the musicians. … George Mitchell, the Northern Ireland peacemaker, tried to mediate a compromise: the musicians accepted his proposal, but the M.O.A. rejected it. … The swift plunge of this magnificent orchestra looks to be one of the most flagrant cases of mismanagement in the recent history of American classical music.”

 

Everyone (but the orchestra board) demands new leadership. It has been clear for over a year that the board wants a smaller, cheaper orchestra. But we already have a great smaller orchestra — the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra — and 32 good smaller civic orchestras. Our only hope to save our great symphony is to have the state step in to oust the ineffective board leadership (“Ten legislators call for new leadership at orchestra,” Dec. 11).

DOROTHY BOEN, Hopkins

 

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