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Seattle Symphony in Ugly War Over Conductor

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When Musicians Turn On Each Other

In a bizarre tale more apropos to a political campaign, Seattle Symphony Orchestra musicans have allegedly resorted to 'orchestral terriorism' in an ugly internal battle over long-time conductor Gerard Schwarz.

The prinicpal horn player John Cerminaro and a flutist have been the targets of alleged sabatoge, threats, and vandalism for their support of Schwarz staying on, (most of the orchestra being against his contract extension).

In the comments of an online article, the hornist states:

"...I have been repaid for my efforts by someone anonymously denting my horn, scratching my car, stealing from my orchestra mailbox, desecrating my photo with pinholes to the eyes and forehead, and phoning my home and threatening my family. I have never before encountered orchestral terrorism until now."

You can read his comments here.

I have several of their recordings, good orchestra. Shame to see that kind of behavior. :huh:

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