It is a very sad day for me as a musician. Not only have I accepted a draconian cut in salary and benefits and work possibilities in Columbus, but now my beloved Music Director, Junichi Hirokami, has been dismissed. Yes, dismissed. Control of the press doesn't mean control of everyone's thoughts. A few people can have free thought, if not very free speech.
Here is the post I wrote in Feb., 2006, called Dreaming Big, heralding a new age for the Columbus Symphony. It's the best way I can state my feelings now, by looking back at what was possible.
Reasonable criticism and discussion have been silenced. History will be rewritten in Columbus, as it already is, to make the powerful glow, and the rest of us quietly obedient.
Best Wishes to Columbus,