When a music director gets arrested on child sex charges

A hair-raising story from a US chamber orchestra:

In April 2016, the management and board of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra were unable to reach their music director, Nathan Madsen….

 In March 2016 in Tampa, he was arrested on charges of child trafficking and child pornography….

Madsen subsequently pleaded guilty, and on May 26, 2017, he was sentenced in federal court to 17 1/2 years in prison…

“Everybody was happy with him musically but he got himself into trouble and we had to let him go,” says … president of the board of the Woodstock Symphony…

Read on here.


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  • This is very sad from almost all perspectives. Let us not forget that in some cultures, this kind of activity would not raise too many eyebrows. It has been said that none other than French composer Camille Saint Saens had a predilection for young boys. I don’t know whether that’s true or not. It was said about Henryk Szeryng, James Levine, and Leonard Bernstein, too. Eight years ago, Russian piano player Mikhael Pletnev also had an allegation about this issue. I have no clue whether any of that stuff is actually true. It might just be a bunch of rumors gone awry. Who really knows?

    • What in God’s name are you talking about? Sexually exploiting a vulnerable 16 year old girl and trying to pay to have sex with a 14 year old girl (and possessing and creating violent child porn) only doesn’t raise eyebrows in other pedophiles- congrats on outing yourself if I were a cop I’d get a warrant and search your devices as they did his (he got over 18 years and on watch list rest of his life)

    • Actually, the “rumour” about Pletnev is that is what “set up” in Thailand in order to extract money from him. He refused to pay and went to court, where he won the case.

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