The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has issued a vigorous defence of its music director, Krzysztof Urbanski, who is being sued for harrassment and age discrimination by former principal bassoonist, John Wetherill.
Wetherill, 62, says Urbanski had ‘move out and replace’ strategy for musicians over 40.
The ISO’s response is that most of its musicians are over 40 and that the only one to be removed under Urbanski was 25 years old. It admits that several musicians resigned during the new conductor’s first years, but this was natural. ‘Defendant denies the baseless, malicious assertion of unlawful conduct by Mr. Urbanski,’ says the ISO.