As a New Yorker who operates a Classical Arts website (go-artsamerica.com ) I would love to hear the Oregon Symphony someday - in Portland or even Salem, but not in Carnegie Hall if it requires taking much needed tax funds from vital Portland city services.
Besides the resident New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City has over a dozen or so symphony orchestra visit every year - most of which have a much stronger name than the Oregon Symphony. Selling the performances will be difficult and will probably have to utilize various discount schemes available in New York including papering services (were members get to go for free.) The performances may get one review in the New York Times.
Even if this trip was being totally financed by private funds, I still would think that those funds could be put to better use in Oregon - but to use already meager public tax dollars is just wrong.
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