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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:54 am    Post subject: Baroque on Beaver Reply with quote

After being on the Board of Baroque on Beaver and donating time and money to see it become a success, I am greatly disappointed in the Director's response to Joe Moore. I would like to have seen a video of the performances this year and last as I am not able to be on Beaver Island temporarily due to my wife's illness. Matthew Thomas's rude email follows.

Dear Joe,

I would be glad to know where you saw video. There has been NO AGREEMENT to video any performance of Baroque. Still pictures are of course perfectly fine.

With regard to your offer of recording: If and when that comes to pass it will be done by a licensed and certified master technician with commensurate experience recording classical orchestral and chamber music. You will therefore understand why you cannot be allowed to do so; we will not subject our artists to anything less than absolute professional quality.

Let this be the last time I have to answer such a query.

All best,

Matthew Thomas
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This says it all.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Thomas seems to lack even a basic understanding of tact and decorum. I hope he takes it as well as he dishes it out, and I'm hoping we find out soon.

Pitiful elitist response.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What an utterly rude and demeaning response. I am just shaking my head in disgust. Joe Moore does a fabulous job. He has been sharing events on the island for a long time, and his live-streaming of events have been watched overseas by those who were not able to attend in person. His accuracy to detail is unsurpassed.

Thomas' perception is a pure abomination of reality. It is obvious Thomas does not understand that he is here to share his gift of music with everyone, and we appreciate that fact. Why would he not want to share it with those who cannot attend? Not everyone has the ability or the financing to go watch in person. Joe's request was a small one. This pompous response is one of the most absurd things I have ever heard.

I am so tired of seeing people who come from the land of plenty and belittle someone here who is trying to do so much for the community. The tree that we pick our money from dried up many decades ago, unlike the big cities which are blossoming. We all do what we can to live here, and we support each other.

Joe don't give up. We all appreciate what you have done and what you can do for us in the future.

Dave Avery
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I sail the Great Lakes and Seven Seas, people tell me there are two sources that keep them connected to Beaver Island in real time year around. One is News On The Net and the other is this forum. News On The Net videography allows people to virtually attend meetings and events on the island from wherever the internet is available. They appreciate being able to see and hear first hand what happened and not have to rely on one person's biased written opinion of alternative facts.
Baroque on Beaver this year was the biggest and best I've experienced. I and hundreds of others applaud the artists and organizers. I wasn't able to attend all performances and very much would appreciate being able to view them on News On The Net at my convenience. I wouldn't have to wait a month for stills and an article. I know hundreds of people off island share my appreciation for the service Joe Moore provides to a grateful following. Thank You Joe!
I would hope the person who started this dispute does not become so high horsed, artsy fartsy that he loses sight of what the true spirit of Beaver Island means.
....and that's how I see Beaver Island and the world today.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject: Unfortunate Reply with quote

It only takes one person and one misstep to tarnish the reputation of any good and worthwhile organization. I hope that Baroque continues to be part of the island and not something brought to it. That would be an unfortunate evolution.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:32 am    Post subject: Matthew Thomas is a humble and fallible person doing his job Reply with quote

Dear folks.

Matthew Thomas is a team player and a fine human being.

His reprinted email in the midst of the busy and stressful festival in his role as business manager, had two poorly phrased sentences at the end. His legal obligation to prevent unauthorized broadcast required him to be clear.

I know sometimes when I have too much on my plate, as we all may, may inadvertently contribute to unnecessary upset. Let the one without sin cast the first stone.

Matt has worked very hard to serve, done an outstanding job. He deserves kindness and forgiveness, as does the person he aggrieved, Mr. Moore, as we all do, not name calling.

I invite you to get to know Matt better. Words published in annoyance cause difficulties in relationships that grace and trying again can help us move beyond.

sincerely, james rhodenhiser
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James, thank you for your response in defense of Matt but unfortunately one only gets one chance to make a first impression. I think the out come will be judged by Matt's publically reaching out for a "second" chance. I would hope the Baroque organization values Beaver Island as much as Beaver Island values the contribution Baroque has made.
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