I am originally from the Chicago area, and have lived here for 35 years. I love Indianapolis. In that time, I've seen this city make giant strides, going from being referred to as IndiaNOPLace, to simply "Indy"--a major player in many genres. The fact is, the ISO has been carefully and thoughtfully maneuvered into their rightful place as a renowned world-class orchestra. As is so often the case with so many organizations, the second and third generations in power were not around to see the hard work and sacrifices made by those who brought these organizations to their places of distinction, nor do they seem to care. Bean counters and business men with no thought for the past, nor for the ramifications that will affect the future, are brought in and simply treat the matters at hand clinically and callously. What usually results is diminishment and devastation. And how often this occurs, and is repeatedly allowed, and ignorantly encouraged, is alarming. It is not a problem just in Indy. It is a problem with corporate America. It happens again and again. And that fact is shocking. It can not, it must not, be allowed to happen here, to our beloved ISO. The stupidity of the so-called "experts" sickens me. Their actions are like a disease that is infecting and killing this wonderful symphony. They need to be removed before it is too late. That is where the problem lies--not with Indy at large. We have loved and supported the ISO over the years--THAT is why they have remained as one of the few year-round symphonies in the county. If Indy loses the ISO, we will be diminished on the world stage, and not just in the field of music. It takes all elements to make a city great. Remove one of those elements, and the structure is weakened. And with continued lack of care and disregard, the structure will fall. May it never be for Indy, and especially for our ISO. That would be a true travesty....
~Tamara Muller Rogers, Indianapolis, iN
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