A second of the foreign ‘experts’ called in to re-audition members of the Brazil Symphony Orchestra for their jobs has withdrawn from the process. The judge, who has not been named, was persuaded to step down by James Wilt, associate principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, who has been rallying support for the embattled musicians.
Here is Mr Wilt’s announcement on the trumpetherald
One of the “consultants” has decided not to participate. This was done at considerable cost to this person, as they had to give up a week’s worth of salary to make the trip, and obviously will not be compensated for the time they would have spent in Brazil. It says a great deal to me about this person’s integrity.
Still working on the other one I contacted.
Yesterday, the violinist Isabelle Faust informed me that she was not taking part, despite having her name posted as one of the judges in the official Government diario. Stand by for further developments.
Facebook’s blackout protest appears to be winning this fight. Meanwhile, carnival continues.