Simply put, the RSO board could have voted to dissolve the institution, file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, liquidate all assets, and start an organization anew.
Adaptistration’s Drew McManus’ thought is that bankruptcy would have allowed the orchestra to reform and reorganize with or without a collective bargaining agreement with the musicians’ union.
Add to that the opportunity to replace maestro Brusilow with someone less, shall we say, unfiltered and they would have been in a much stronger position to build the organization they desired.
The suburban orchestra opted instead to remain intact and take on the union head on. From McManus:
Given the amount of right-to-work vs. organized labor rhetoric coming out of the RSO, it seems clear that’s the battle they want to fight. From the RSO leadership’s perspective, this isn’t apparently about live orchestral music any more, it’s a political issue.