I've heard some wonderful performances from Levine. Given what many
corporate executives receive for underperformance, he is underpaid.
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From: "Karl Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 11:02 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] well, this might explain why so many sonic treasures
languish in government warehouses
> James Levine supposedly makes over $3.5M a year, a combination of his
> Boston and Met appointments. What does he bring that could possibly
> justify the expense? For me, even if one could bring back Toscanini,
> Furtwangler or Koussevitzky from the dead, they still wouldn't be worth
> that kind of money.
> For me, the problem rests with those empowered with oversight. Boards
> tend to be populated by those who have enjoyed great success in business
> and naturally they will tend to trust those who, at the very least, share
> some similar measure of success. Unfortunately, it is can be far more
> difficult to measure success in the non-profit world and sadly Boards
> don't often see that there are differences. I was reminded of the recent
> obituary of the conductor Landau. In the obit, a quote from the President
> of the Board of one of the orchestras conducted by Landau was cited as a
> reason why Landau left the orchestra...the head of the board supposedly
> said something like the programming should be designed to attract
> donations. While there are no simple answers, one could assume, that the
> primary purpose of the organization was to raise money...but to what end?
> So it could raise more money? Is there ever enough money for a non-proft?
> Disgraceful? Yes, but for me, it is equally absurd and sad.
> Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This guy is allegedly a "public servant." He should be fired and the
> office put under very strict oversight, with the executive budget cut to
> the bone. Someone wanting to get rich and live like a
> CEO doesn't belong in charge of the Smithsonian, or the LOC or any other
> government institution. Such jobs are not for those in it for the rich and
> famous living large life.
> No wonder so much audio material in the hands of the Smithsonian will
> never be conveniently available to the public (public = owners and funders
> of said museum). Disgraceful!
> -- Tom Fine
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