The decision surprises - but then... not really. Boards are likely to think that a conductor who can help the BSO to perform well with donors, sponsors, and possibly the public will be more beneficial to the organization than the happiness of its members. The players, the rationale may be, will get used to him/her sooner or later. If this process and the appearance of the board riding roughshod over the orchestra's objections does not augur well for the beginning of the Alsop-BSO relationship, at least they have a year's worth of trying to make the best of it before Ms. Alsop takes up her new post. For those who now lack choice may make the best of hope.