The former music director told locked-out musicians that he was ‘shocked, mortified and horrified’ at seeing plans to reduce the orchestra to minor-league status. He added: ‘This is a major league orchestra and it’s meant to stay that way. A long time ago, I spent 10 years blowing up a balloon. And now the balloon has been popped and everything is falling out…. it pains me to see this.’
Zinman was accompanied by his wife, Mary.
Baltimore Symphony President and CEO Peter Kjome responded: ‘We have great admiration and deep respect for our former Music Director David Zinman. ‘We appreciate his concerns over our current situation, but unfortunately those concerns do not change the facts about our financial circumstances.’