Orchestra calls strike against its manager

Orchestra calls strike against its manager


norman lebrecht

August 02, 2016

Musicians of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria have voted to strike from the start of September unless the city of Las Palmas fires their manager, Juan Mendoza.

Players, who have asked to remain anonymous, have been in touch with Slipped Disc to describe a poisonous working atmosphere in which staff suffer abuse and peremptory dismissal and musicians, many of whom come from other countries, feel that the ensemble’s century-old traditions are being trampled.

They call Mendoza ‘a rogue manager’. Neither Mendoza nor the city have responded to the strike vote.

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  • Asdrubal Perez says:

    This is not a new situation.
    Juan Mendoza has been in charhge of various musical institutions in the Canary Islands: in all of them with bad results. Not only he is a bad manager, but he also lacks the necessary intepersonal skills and basic musical knowledge.

    he is the core of a local intrest group in Las Palmas that has squandered milliosn of euros in public money in the mismanagement of musical institutions.
    The Festival de Muscia, Sociedad Filarmonica, Teatro Perez Galdos and now the orchestra… .

  • EricB says:

    Mendoza should consider applying for Dresden… Oh sorry the place has been taken already…..