Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Strange Doings at the California Symphony

Take a look at the home page of the California Symphony, and do it fast: see the photo of Barry Jekowsky on the page? I predict it won't be there for long, nor will the biography praising him.

That's because I have in hand a rather remarkable press release announcing that the California Symphony's first concert, which is on October 3, yes, end of next week, will be led by Asher Raboy ("former conductor of the Napa Valley Symphony"), not by Jekowsky, who is "leaving the organization to pursue other interests." (This is not yet on their press release page, which has not been updated since January, 2010. Um, see my Web Site Basics page, guys.)

Hello. It's ten days before the season opener, the founding music director, who has 20 years' standing, is leaving, and it's to "pursue other interests"? Ten days before the season opener, really? I presume it's not because he needs back surgery....


Henry Holland said...

I presume it's not because he needs back surgery....


I love the PR-speak. It's like for rock bands, when someone leaves it's because of "musical differences" i.e. the guitarist slept with the drummer's girlfriend and they can't be in the same room without wanting to kill each other.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Hahaha, yeah. The phrase "pants on fire" came to mind as I read it. There is no way to paper this stuff over and it's clumsy to try.