Richard Dare has resigned as president and chief executive of the New Jersey Symphony nine days after starting the job.
The official statement reads: ‘As information new to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra emerged about Richard Dare’s background, Mr. Dare tendered his resignation to the Symphony on January 11.’
That information concerns a long-gone conviction for ‘an attempted lewd act’ with a 15 year old girl who became at 18, and remains, his wife. Hardly a hanging offence.
More pertinent, perhaps, is an investigation by the New York Times into his business background. This, however, reveals nothing more than a repetitive tendency to embellish the truth. There is no evidence of any criminal activity.
All they are saying is that Mr Dare exaggerates. Lots of orchestra managers do. It’s in the job description.
So why, really why, was he fired? Were these inconsistencies unsuspected when he was previously head of the Brooklyn Philharmonic? There is more to this story than has yet come to light.
Here’s Dare on TV two weeks ago:
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And here’s the full press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES
RICHARD DARE’S RESIGNATION AS PRESIDENT & CEO
NEWARK, NJ (January 12, 2013)—As information new to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra emerged about Richard
Dare’s background, Mr. Dare tendered his resignation to the Symphony on January 11, effective immediately. Co-Chairs
of the Board of Trustees Stephen Sichak and Ruth Lipper accepted the resignation, acknowledging the distraction the
situation could bring to bear on the important work of the Symphony.
Sichak and Lipper said: “We are deeply disappointed, and we are thankful we are able to move forward quickly. Longtime
Vice President of Operations and General Manager Susan Stucker will again step in as Interim President & CEO, and she
will lead the NJSO as it continues its 2012–13 concert season. The Board will be continuing the search process with vigor
as we identify a successor CEO.”
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