Once upon a time, there was a Bach Festival of international renown at the University of Oregon, in Eugene.
Its founder Helmut Rilling retired in 2011. His successor, the British conductor Matthew Halls, was fired last year after allegedly making a racial joke to his good friend Reggie Mobley, who said he took no offence.
Since then, the university has behaved like a bunch of clowns.
The latest mishap was to announce the engagement as a guest conductor of Jaap ter Linden, ‘a pioneer in the emergence of the historical performance movement,’ according to the website.
Then someone realised that Jaap ter Linden was fired three years ago by the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio after three students complained of a racial slur they said he used in rehearsal. Oberlin is a hotpot for such issues.
So Jaap ter Linden’s concert has now been dropped from the Bach Festival website.
Full story here.
Send in the clowns.