Which do you want first? The 44 musicians fired by the Brazil Symphony Orchestra (OSB) will give a free concert this Saturday with Cristina Ortiz as soloist at the Salao Leopoldo Miguez – a protest of the best kind against an authoritarian management and conductor. Put yours hands together, please, and let’s hear it for Cristina and the honest musicians of Rio.
Less happy news comes from Liverpool, where the orchestra intends to go ahead with its concert in May with OSB conductor Roberto Minczuk. The official line from the RLPO is: ‘We have no comment to make on what is an internal matter for another organisation in another country. Mr Minczuk’s engagement will go ahead as scheduled.’
Whether the musicians of Liverpool agree with this policy will have to be tested as and when Mr Minczuk shows up. I will keep you posted. I may even go there to check him out.