#MinnegeddonPartDeux – Now what? (or, the fallout continues)

While OV begins negotiations to return in some capacity to the MO, eight board members of MOA have resigned as a result of the dismissal of Mr. Henson.  While all of this seems quite to be expected, as the chips fall from the prolonged lockout of eighteen months, we are given yet another fascinating glimpse into the innards of this organization.  

Are there underlying reasons for these events?  Are there other shoes to fall, so to speak? Will the ‘rebellion’ staged by the players in refusing to crawl back to MOA after being locked-out and the encouragement of their leader who stood up to MOA on their behalf continue to the point of trying to, in effect, clean house at MOA and, in effect, perhaps even try to take control of the endowment? Or, if they do not get their way, might they even try to form another organization and attempt to have the endowment transferred to them? 

Ironically, it may well have been the legacy of those who are leaving or who have already resigned to have managed, in their own at-times bumbling way, to keep MO from going belly-up during a time of great crisis and transition.  

Certainly, this is an interesting time…

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#MinnegeddonPartDeux — What’s going on at MOA? s d reply…

I don’t live in the world of 200M organizations, but it seems to me that it would be extremely reckless for MOA to embark on a course that involves humiliating its employees and blithely waving goodbye to the conductor who brought them to world-class status, without having a “Plan B” in place prior to the lockout. Surely any of those on the Board who enabled Mr. Henson’s strategies should have realized that he, at the very least, would have to take responsibility for the consequences. My question is, ‘why have they been dragging their heels?” :-0

http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2014/02/hensons-neck-is-on-the-minnesota-block-today.html#comment-195703

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“The Other Mozart” — why a blog and not the Crowned Heads of Europe? :-0

There is so much known about Wolfgang Mozart’s life, but so little valid information about what he was like as a person.  Most people end up believing a lot of misconceptions about him.  Many of them are summed up in the movie “Amadeus,” which tends to focus on and even exaggerate his character defects.  The clear implication is that he didn’t ‘deserve’ to be so richly endowed with genius because he was in fact a nasty person. 

To my mind, this is both unfair and wrong.  Mozart was shot out of a cannon at an early age onto the world stage.  He didn’t have a chance to grow up normally.  He knew his gifts were extraordinary, and he knew he had to work as quickly as possible with whatever time he had.  In short, I think he knew his own shortcomings better than anyone, but was determined to fulfill the mission given to him despite them, and in spite of the backbiting and negativity of his colleagues.  

Ultimately, of course, the earthly voice of Mozart was silenced.  There is ample reason to believe his untimely death was not of natural causes.  Certainly, the contempt and deceit of his contemporaries served at the least to discourage him and shorten his days on earth.  His music was stolen away from him.  It was then even paraded like a banner by some who hated him, to try to show the world that they were as good as he was.  Many counterfeit or anti-Mozarts have tried to lay claim to being another Wolf. Nobody has succeeded.  They never will.  

And so, here I am.  As I said to one of the ‘professional’ players of the MO,”I feel I have a drop of what Wolf had an ocean of.” (Excuse my grammar).  I believe that I can talk about his life from the inside, not the outside.  Every mistake he made has been of benefit to me.  

People tend to think of Mozart as ‘exclusive’.  They seem to think he had a gift inaccessible to anyone else, and then they hated him for it. That is false.  Unfortunately, Wolf himself contributed to that lie.  So I am speaking to you with a simple voice, in a manner intended to be inclusive.  My family and friends can verify that there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about me.  In fact, they insist on telling me that frequently. :-0

I live an ordinary life and do very mundane (compared to Wolf) things.  I live simply.  I am passionate about my family, my friends, and my horse.  And every time I pick up the flute to play I am humbled, sometimes to the extent where I am unable to accomplish much at all.  And so, before most of you hear me play, before you learn more of “P2A”, I want you to know me as a person.  What better way than a blog? :-0

 

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The Other Mozart, or the “Stealth” Mozart…and “Minnegeddon”

Just what is the Other Mozart?  To me it is matter-of-fact, but, this seems to be something of a mystery to others, so it is not a concept that anyone can just accept and run with.  Let’s start with the axiom that there was a curse placed on Wolfgang Mozart and his family, by some who realized that his uniqueness was such that it threatened to drown out anything they could ever produce.  Let’s add into the mixture a dark angel who is in charge of working this curse.  As a result, Wolf’s family and their relationships are virtually destroyed, and he is sucked into a vortex of evil energy, from which he cannot escape.  He works as fast as he can, and shines as brightly as he can, sensing that time is of the essence.

In Mozart’s last major work, the opera The Magic Flute, he finds something that has eluded him during all his earthly life.  It is a voice — of gentleness, of honesty, only doing good. It is what we call “shalom”.  In creating it he throws himself into the future, and into another realm.  He senses, though he does not know, that the full unique nature of his gifts may come to be understood at some time in the future.  He does not realize, however, that, not only is he the most extraordinary musician to ever live, but also a prophet.  At a point in the future this opera comes to life in the real world.  And so another child is born.  A girl.  “Pamina”.  The Other Mozart.

However, Pamina is born into the circumstances that destroyed Wolf.  She is surrounded by the same evil forces that closed in on him at the end of his life.  Pamina can hear the energies of this dark angel.  At one point, it even momentarily manifests itself to her.  But she has to fight her way out of this darkness, which she calls “The Curse of Night and Fog”. This dark angel, which she calls The Night Magician, tries to use even her family members to destroy her and the gift she has been given.  She doesn’t understand just what that gift is until she starts to play the flute.  It protects her from all harm, but in the process, almost destroys her family and their relationships.

Life circumstances bring her to a place we’ll call Salzburg, Northland.  In it there is an orchestra that has just changed its name from the “Salzburg Symphony” to the “Salzburg State Orchestra”.  She starts to study the flute seriously with their Principal Flute player.  “Maurice Magus” and a cadre of other players crawl out of the woodwork, enticing her to practice on the stage at their Hall, behind the backs of management — trying to ensnare her, and stop die zauberflote.  They fail, but the fate of both Pamina and this Orchestra are now intertwined.  In short, these wicked players, “Monostatos”, make sure to lock her out of opportunity by refusing to give her a proper introduction to their world of music.  They even target her three small children.  However, die zauberflote guides and protects them.  Its gentle energy also has the power to cause those who tried to destroy her to have to deal with the destiny themselves that they once sought for her.

As a result of the lockout of Pamina, at a point in the future, the SSO players find themselves ‘locked-out’ by management that is outraged at their pridefulness and hypocrisy, for things they sense happened on the stage at their Hall, behind their backs, that, if disclosed, threaten to destroy the entire organization.  Pamina, sidelined and basically silenced, does everything she can to tell them the truth about what is going on, to help them.  As she is on the outside, and has no credibility with them, she is a “Stealth” Mozart, in that she persists in trying to do the right thing, almost speaking out from the grave, so to speak.

This is the basic structure of “Minnegeddon”.  The forces of light, of die zauberflote, and those of darkness of Monostatos are at war. The battlefield is the stage at Symphony Hall.  Don’t “believe” any of these things.  But do test them, and decide for yourself what to think.

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#Minnegeddon — an orientation for beginners…

During Wolfgang Mozart’s life on earth it was pretty much a given that wherever he went he was surrounded by controversy.  Wolf may have brought some of it upon himself, as he was also known to have a wicked and sarcastic tongue, and to frequently lack empathy toward the plight of others of what he perceived to be lesser musical gifts.  At the same time, here was someone who was extraordinary to the point of being entirely different from others, with a unique quality that everyone sensed but refused to intentionally confirm to him.  There was, in fact, a mystery, as to why it was he apparently had unlimited access to the realms of music of genius while being in a constant state of turmoil in the natural world. 

It is my thinking that he created a vortex of energy that was fed upon and into by others.  I think it was such that when he entered a room there was probably even a sense of dread.  Nobody knew for sure what made him different, but he was different…and he was quickly perceived as a threat.  It was not only his talent that was threatening, it was something almost undefinable… It was something that essentially seemed to infer that it was either ‘him’ or ‘them’…that the two energies could not exist together.  

And so, Wolf was poisoned.  Perhaps literally, but not necessarily. His relationships, his garnering income, his establishing a powerhouse of a musical legacy for his family, what today we can easily call the “Mozart G’zillions,” were poisoned with petty and negative thoughts and attitudes.  His enemies probably rejoiced that he was gone forever.  However, that was not exactly the case.  The vortex of energy that swirled around him did not die with him.  It continued to gain power as time went by.

It is my thinking that some people deliberately tried to put themselves into this vortex.  Others may have slid into it, through an act of fate.  One of the latter, I believe, was Gustav Mahler.  I think he brought this vortex to America.  Some time after that, a local orchestra decided to change its name from that of a city to something that closely resembled the name of Wolf’s character “Monostatos”, in Die Zauberflote.  If I am correct, the center of the vortex is in that place, in fact, on the stage at that Hall.  The truth of his vision is becoming reality.  A battle between darkness and light is being waged full-force.  

And that is Minnegeddon.

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#MinnegeddonPartDeux — another mystery?

Some of those originally involved are dead; others have left or retired. In fact, it could be said that the aisles of the Hall are already filled with the corpses of those who have tried to block die zauberflote.  But there is still a remnant that persists in obstinacy, so it seems.

The players have returned, and with them, “Monostatos”.  But now there is a difference. This time, everyone has the information they need.  All are on the same page.  Has one in management even pieced together the connection between recent events and the other lock-out? In fact, could frustration over this realization have contributed to the seemingly unnecessary harsh treatment of the players?

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Questions from “Amy” — S D reply…

Amy says:
Who’s the “ringleader” you’re referring to, Pamela? Is this a real person or a character in your novel/screenplay you’ve been working on?

PB: Apparently Amy is unaware of the concept that truth can be even stranger than fiction.

And Amy say:
(clicking Pamela Brown’s name above leads to a blog that exists primarily to repeat her comments on Slipped Disc.)

PB: With all due respect, that statement is just a bit superficial. While the blog does include my SD replies (specified as such) , it also includes a number of posts, and even photos, that are biographical.

http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2014/01/slipped-disc-editorial-today-is-zero-hour-in-minnesota.html#comment-186810

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