A band called Belladiva are getting a good deal of backlash from fellow-musicians after deciding, injudiciously, to entertain the Minnesota Orchestra Association, which has locked out its players for more than a year.
Here’s one response from a member of the Houston Symphony:
To Lisa Marie Furth of Belladiva in Minneapolis,
I just heard that your group performed for the Minnesota Orchestra Ball. I’m shocked and saddened that any living musician would stoop so low as to cross the picket line of a fellow artist just to make a quick buck. Either you’ve been living under a rock for the past 12 months or you are simply a cold and ruthless woman. Either way I feel certain you’ll reap what you’ve sown. I for one will encourage my numerous family members and friends in the Twin Cities to avoid using your despicable organization when they are looking for the entertainment you provide. Integrity counts in any business – and you should be ashamed for having put your own musicians in such a deplorable situation.
Belladiva have shut down the comments facility on their Facebook page. First sign of remorse?