Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Thanks for this latest on the OSB situation. I am especially moved by young Mr. Ferreira’s letter. Despite leaving under circumstances that might discourage even far more experienced musicians, he shows great dedication, decency, and dignity, some qualities that seem to be very lacking in certain adults involved in this situation. I think that Luiz Felipe Ferreira may be a young person worth watching. With that kind of heart and intelligence, who knows…maybe he could develop into the kind of music director they really need!
I’m OK with the criticism against OSB’s management etc, but the notoriously insufferable John Neschling speaking of a “truculent and arbitrary process” is like having Glenn Beck criticize Newt Gingrich or Rush Limbaugh for their prejudice and right-wingedness…
Welcome to the real world. Even in the unionized orchestras of North America, this behavior is the norm (if you can ever break in) – and people are jaded everywhere you look.
If you have a problem with it, find a different vocation. Yes, music is life and love, but you still have to put up with all the sad, disillusioned husks (all of which have tenure) that litter the orchestras, and say otherwise.
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