Recriminations are still running high over the sacking of the New Jersey Symphony’s chief exec, Richard Dare, after just nine days in the job.
The reason for the dismissal was ‘information that had emerged about his background’, specifically an early conviction for ‘an attempted lewd act’ with a 15 year old girl who became at 18, and remains, his wife.
New Jersey are now saying that Dare deceived them. They add that his former employer, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, refused to return repeated calls for a standard check on the references that Dare had given.
That charge, if true, amounts at the very least to bad collegial behaviour by Brooklyn Phil. The League of American Orchestras should look into it.