Breaking: Radio France locks out orchestra. Tonight’s Bach Passion cancelledmain
The tenor Michael Schade has just posted:
Johannespassion cancelled for tonight. Thanks for all those who sang and played their guts out yesterday with Maestro Gatti. Management has locked out the players and cancelled all this weekend.
UPDATE: Michael Schade adds:
After being all packed and leaving for the airport , and having booked the new flight home, cancelled the hotel, they called back in a panic to say– wait maybe we will do it- please stay, we will reimburse all- maybe we’ll just record it for the radio, perhaps for a small audience, or maybe for us , or maybe not all -Mon Dieu- never seen anything like it!!
FINAL OUTCOME: Cancelled. Once again from Michael Schade:
At 1620 we were told that they have no hall to play in after all…so now it’s cancelled for a SECOND time today….now supposedly it’s because of all the people working at the hall on strike…( ??? No clue they still sound locked out to me) I have no clue…trying to go home, missed the flight I had booked, prices for changes horrendous at this point, supposedly the maestro and the musicians will gather in front of the building and show defiance by playing “something ….already the chorus sang Bach Johannespassion chorales in the Lobby of the Radio France building to huge ( be it internal) applause the other day…it’s all really sad and unfortunate and aggravating to say the least.Seen my share of stuff but nothing like this!!!!!