Korine Fujiwara, a violinist with the orchestra, responded appropriately to the hypocritical attack on Junichi Hirokami by Tony Beadle in today's Dispatch. While it is common for a Music Director to "jet set" from city to city to make a living, and thereby hardly ever residing in any particular city in which he directs, Tony Beadle's has lived in an Extended Stay hotel since he began working for the Columbus Symphony, which is unheard of for an Executive Director.
It should also be known that Junichi Hirokami, during any visit to Columbus, made himself completely available for meetings with prospective donors. Yet Tony Beadle failed to schedule Maestro Hirokami to lobby for the orchestra.
Regarding the following quote from today's Dispatch 7/15/2008: (emphasis mine) "Hirokami should have remained neutral, said Tony Beadle, executive director of the symphony -- adding that Hirokami has also failed to perform key duties of a music director for a major orchestra, partly because he hasn't put down roots in central Ohio. "A good deal of the work is not done on the podium," Beadle said. "A music director is the face of the orchestra and ambassador of good will to the community and potential donors."
I still haven't had the opportunity to meet Mr. Beadle's family. Have he and his family moved from Boston to Columbus yet? Where does he currently reside? In what state? Do they still live in the Boston area?
The fact that Hirokami doesn't live in Columbus has been widely touted in the press, but if it is indeed true that after more than two years, Tony Beadle, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the Columbus Symphony, HAS STILL NOT "PUT DOWN ROOTS IN CENTRAL OHIO" either, shouldn't this also be newsworthy? Isn't it also a HUGE problem for fundraising and the overall general health of an organization IF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DOESN'T HAVE A PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN CENTRAL OHIO?
We all have had the pleasure of meeting Junichi Hirokami's family on many occasions, and it is my understanding that they even visited potential schools for their daughter on at least one occasion.
I would like to add that the board hired Junichi two years ago. Yet management has failed to effectively market him and utilize his time wisely when he visits Columbus. Who is to say he wouldn't move here if given appropriate support from a functioning board.