The Canberra Times has an interesting story on ructions in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) surrounding their well received pops concerts.
One of Canberra’s artistic sacred cows, conductor Ian McLean, appears to have been shafted at short notice by members of the board.
The CSO board announced in its glossy brochure presented at a sponsors’ lunch this week that in 2010 the ”Pops Orchestra is taking a break while the CSO prepares fresh new Pops concerts for the future”.
Mr McLean said he was told only last Thursday that they were ”going to print in this brochure, without consulting me, that they were going to suspend the Pops.
”I said this was a ridiculous decision and [that I would] go and get a sponsor myself. They said it’s too late, we’ve already printed the brochure.”
Some real potential for tears before bedtime here methinks.