Just in: Dallas Symphony chickens out of Europe tourmain
Can you believe it? Texans are too scared to fly.
Here’s the statement they have just released:
Due to the recent and tragic events in Europe and the United States, and informed by conversations with national and international security professionals, the Dallas Symphony’s executive board along with its executive and artistic leadership have made the very difficult decision to postpone its April 2016 European tour. After careful deliberation, we believe that there is an elevated risk to the safety of our musicians and their families, guest artists, DSO personnel and travelling patrons, and therefore will not be proceeding with the tour at this time.
Did anyone ask the music director (Jaap van Zweden)? As for the conversations with ‘national security professionals’, are they saying Washington is telling orchestras not to fly?
This is not just as cowardly statement. It’s profoundly dishonest.
UPDATE: Second US orchestra cancels. Read here.