I’ve recently heard from some colleagues who are very well connected to New York City’s musical organizations rumors that the manager of one of the most prominent and revered had hired — and generously paid — his well-known brother as a “consultant” some years back without going through the proper channels. Yes, these are “only rumors” — but when they come from people in different business and social circles, one tends to put a bit more credence in them. Someone may well need to hire a spin doctor, and soon.
Daniel Wakin has the juicy details at the NY Times. The truth is that the “Great International Orchestra Swindle” is not a terribly well-kept secret – and arguably one of the biggest scandals – in the American classical music business.
It’s also worth noting that on more than one occasion I’ve seen fine local free-lancers padding out the ranks of a couple of legitimate “name” Russian orchestras performing in New York City. It might be a worthwhile topic for a follow-up article by Wakin, who has become a “must-read” music journalist.
Go read this story. One of my very reliable overseas contacts tells me that this is just the beginning of trouble for a certain quasi-omnipotent music management firm.
Both Michael Hodges at Detroit News and Daniel Wakin at nytimes.com report on a possible deal. The deal may salvage the summer concert schedule.
UPDATE: Both parties have reached a tentative deal, per Wakin @ nytimes.com.