Letters to the Editor

Orchestra's future bright, still worth supporting

We are relatively new to Hilton Head Island. One of the great attractions that lured us to this wonderful community was the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. We were fortunate to have heard a few concerts last year and are subscribers and supporters this year. We are saddened by the rancor generated over the decision to change musical directors. We were very impressed by all performances we have enjoyed to date, but recognize that the average tenure of music directors is eight to 10 years (Mellon Report, 1998). I have served on many boards directing cultural activities and have experienced the anxiety arising over change. A solid example was the appointment of Marin Alsop as musical director of the Baltimore Symphony in 2006, opposed openly by 90 percent of the musicians. Today, Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony are recognized as having achieved great success in recordings, guest tours, youth orchestra and community outreach. The work of music director Mary Green has been acknowledged as very high quality, and her influence over the success of this fine orchestra is not questioned. Yet cultural organizations must maintain flexibility in fulfilling their responsibility to provide audiences rich experiences. The board has made a difficult decision in an attempt to provide the community with a refreshed cultural asset. Let's support this fine orchestra and its musicians as we look forward to their very positive future. John and Carol Lang Hilton Head Island