Friday (2/25) on The Huffington Post, Agnes Gund, president emerita and chairman of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, writes, “Recently, I visited the Demuth Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. … What I learned from the visit that is really special to me is just how very, very important institutions like the Demuth are, institutions that are situated and centered in smaller American communities. … They practice community building by being a part of the community—by inhabiting the soil and customs and histories of their regions. … The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra (OSU) in Kentucky is another example, among many. The OSU lives right in the middle of ‘the Bar-B-Q capital of the world,’ a place where bluegrass began. But, as a recent issue of Symphony magazine makes clear, Owensboro’s orchestra is as central and defining to the region as are bluegrass or BBQ. Situated on the Ohio River, Kentucky on one side and Indiana on the other, the orchestra plays to regional residents, students in area colleges, tourists and travelers. Its main listeners, though, are the families in the neighborhood.” Click here to read Andrew Adler’s article “Bluegrass Symphony” in the November-December 2010 issue of Symphony.
Posted February 28, 2011