The following message was posted tonight by a member of one of the several US orchestras whose players have suffered this year from rough management. We are keeping her identity and her orchestra’s confidential. It could be, literally, someone in any of a dozen orchestras, this year or next, US or Europe. Happy Christmas.
Nothing says, “Good will to all” like getting a Christmas card from the guy who filed your orchestra for bankruptcy in order to get out of paying you, cancelled all concerts and rehearsals for an entire year, sued you for the unemployment you tried to collect while locked out, advertised on craigslist and facebook to replace you, and finally (reluctantly) signed an agreement to get you playing again. . .but with a horrible terms and about 20 of your colleagues having already fled the city and the orchestra.