The nations major symphonies are already in enough trouble without adding another orchestra into the mix. Check out the TSO's constant struggles and you can understand why the CBC decided that an orchestra really doesn't belong on the payroll. Let those funds earmarked for CBC's orchestra go to the major symphonies across the country.
Supporters of the CBC orchestra argue that the CBC consistently commissioned new Canadian works, supporting our beleaguered classical music composers. Fine – give the money to the major symphonies with strings attached – no Canadian commissions? No dough.
As for the music itself, I share classical music lovers concerns that the CBC is abandoning the field. Playing more jazz is fine and we can even use more Broadway musical content. And some commentary on major works would be terrific – we used to get that on the Studio Sparks program. But if I hear one more whiny white indie boy band playing their crap on CBC Radio 2 – I already get enough of that on CBC 1 – I'll go nuts.
If Radio 2 wants to change its classical mandate it should globalize its classical component – let's hear some classical music from India, Japan, and other cultures, so it's not just all about dead white guys composing in the west.
Cut back classical music too much and Moses Znaimer and the gang at 96.3 will be laughing all the way to the bank. Actually, I think they already are: They know that classical music lovers are geeks of a very loyal variety and will reward a station that gives them what they want.