We hear that the Oregon Bach Festival is quietly cancelling contracts with artists who have been asked to perform and teach there next year.
The reasons for Matthew Halls’s dismissal as artistic director, steadily unfolding, are starting to resemble a Gilbert and Sullivan opera. Halls is alleged to have told a racial joke to a close personal friend, who is African-American. A woman who heard the joke reported it to University of Oregon administrators who, alarmed at falling attendances, used it as an excuse to fire Halls.
The Telegraph reports some more details today.
The University has made itself an international laughing stock and the festival is probably dead.