First reactions to an insensitive piece of Dutch marketing.
From the conductor and oboist Nicholas Daniel:
Appalling sexist rubbish. Just who do the Concertgebouw expect to attract to concerts with this kind of advertising? Simply NO.
From the writer and critic Jessica Duchen:
This, my friends, is why we have to have conferences about women’s work in classical music and why we keep having to fight sexism in all its forms. This is the Concertgebouw trying to be clever: the caption reads “Do you have the wrong idea of classical music? Come by and discover what classical music really represents”. But that doesn’t make it OK. They should remove it at once.
From the pianist Brenda Ogdon:
I cannot believe it from such a cultured and world wide famous orchestra such as the Concertgebouw !!! I agree that whoever is responsible should be fired immediately. What can one do against such filth and prejudice ?
From Jackie Leach Scully:
Given recent publicity about harassment of women (online and elsewhere), the notorious ‘upskirting’ and so on, this is a serious error of judgement. They should be persuaded (by potential customer response) to pull it. Twitter storm anyone?
From the writer and critic Basia Jaworski:
This is meant to be an advertisement for classical music. Intended for young people to lure them into the Concertgebouw. I have no words for it.