Here’s an account of the concert given by the sacked musicians of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, reported by retired oboist, Harold Emert:
These young musicians surpass we oldtimers, who have perfomed these same works on tour with the OSB in Europe and the USA in the 1970s with Maestro Isaac Karabtchevsky. Everyone –or almost everyone connected to the music world in Rio including many capable Maestros,we “veterans” of the OSB, composers, students and music lovers– was present with enthusiastic bravos at this historic Manifesto-Concerto ,which appropriately began with the Brazilian National Anthem,again played marvelously.Black shirts read SOSOSB were worn by the orchestra,solo pianists and audience members,including your observer.
As far as I could see and hear,only one person-myself– screamed “Fora Minzcuk”(Out Minzcuk,current Maestro and Kadaffi ofthe OSB) – although getting rid of a musical tyrant who is haunting Rio’s musical life was what the concert was all about. Anyone who would dismiss a wonderful orchestra like the one we heard Saturday evening should have his head examined or be sent to the local mental institution for rehabilitation!