OSB – artists boycott against Roberto Minczuk begins to bite

How long will conductor Roberto Minczuk and the management of the OSB (Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira) keep themselves aboard? More punches for conductor Minczuk and OSB management who dismissed some forty musicians in a drastic und unfair selection procedure in March 2011: At first Nelson Freire, Cristina Ortiz… and now Joshua Bell, who has cancelled his gigs with the orchestra recently. Famous Brazilan composer Marlos Nobre has forbidden „New OSB“ to perform his works, even the piece which should have been performed by the orchestra on August 11.

Will famous conductor Kurt Masur really conduct the scheduled Beethoven symphony series in early August? Who will be the musicians performing on stage? And will they be able to reach the highest artistic  standards of Maestro Masur as a fragmented orchestra?

The poor attempt of OSB management to recruit new musicians on auditons in London and New York failed. Some young musicians attended the auditons. Observers reported that most candidates were only looking for audition expieriences but not for a job in Rio. Another point: Labour Ministery of Brazil will not give any working permits for foreign musicians to substitute musicians from Brazil.  Now Roberto Minczuk and his assistant are desparately trying to engage new musicians from other Brazilian orchestras. It is said that salaries up to 9.000 USD and contracts for 17 months are offered to musicians who would change to the „New OSB“. No questions on artistic quality… This is really a bizar situation, caused by a conductor and an orchestra management who seem to be on a „highway to hell“. A shame for professional orchestra management at all.

Hopefully the Minister of Culture and the prosecutors will finish this chaos as soon as possible and catch the real culprits. From the legal point of view: The crazy waste of public money has to be punished.


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