Just in: Cleveland suspends principal over #Metoo suspicion

Just in: Cleveland suspends principal over #Metoo suspicion


norman lebrecht

September 15, 2018

As the investigation into WilliamPreucil continues, another case comes to light.

Message from the orchestra:

CLEVELAND, September 15, 2018, 1:30PM – The Cleveland Orchestra announced today that it has suspended principal trombone Massimo La Rosa as part of an ongoing independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

Following a report that surfaced in July detailing allegations against concertmaster William Preucil the Orchestra suspended Mr. Preucil, and the Board of Trustees established a special committee to oversee the Orchestra’s investigation and response. In August, the special committee announced that it had retained the New York law firm of Debevoise and Plimpton LLP to conduct a full independent investigation of sexual misconduct and related issues within the Orchestra. That investigation is ongoing, and Debevoise is working diligently to complete the process while also being as thorough as possible. Mr. Preucil remains on suspension.

Members of the special committee include board members David J. Hooker, former managing partner of Thompson Hine LLP; Alexander Cutler, former chair and chief executive of Eaton Corporation; Stephen Hoffman, president of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; Loretta J. Mester, president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; and Beth E. Mooney, chairwoman and chief executive of KeyCorp.

David J. Hooker said, “We are committed to conducting a thorough and extensive review to make sure The Cleveland Orchestra is able to provide a safe, professional work environment. There is nothing more important for our musicians and our staff than an environment where they can perform their duties without harassment or abuse. We are proud to be regarded as one of the world’s great orchestras, and we want our all of our musicians and staff to be just as proud of how we treat one another and conduct ourselves as an organization. ”



  • perturbo says:

    There was an allegation against LaRosa in 2011 when he was a guest artist at University of Iowa, which was 4 years after he joined the Cleveland Orchesyta:

    • Joseph says:

      I recently visited the newish (and extraordinarily stunning) facilities of The University of Iowa School of Music. I was pleased to see that EVERY teaching studio — faculty and graduate assistant alike — had a door with a window. And none of these windows were covered over.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    The previous U of I allegation can’t be news to them and the press release alludes only to goings-on at the Cleveland Orchestra so this must be about some new incident?

    Anyone know what the status of his lawsuit against Conant and Allen is?

  • Musician says: