I read with growing indignation this morning about the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s (MPO) (practically illegal) termination of NINE musicians. These musicians were key personnel in the orchestra – and some had contributed greatly to the Malaysian arts scene as well.
Following this, the orchestra has tried to conduct auditions to recruit new members to the MPO. Fortunately, recent auditions in Munich were poorly attended. No self-respecting musician will want to fill up the empty posts in the MPO until the management explains their disgusting actions. (read the International Federation of Musicians’ call for a boycott here)
It is of great pity that
Maestro Claus Peter Flor, music director of the MPO, and a man I once held in good esteem is remaining silent on the matter. His silence further fuels allegations that these musicians were fired because they criticized him. Other than tarnishing the reputation of the MPO, he has also effectively tarnished his own reputation as well.
To the management of the MPO, the people likely sitting in comfortable cushy chairs in Petronas – congratulations on successfully tarnishing the image of your country in the eyes of the music world. This mismanagement would provide a good case study of what not to do when managing an orchestra, or any musical group for that matter.
This entire scandal reeks of corruption. It is both sickening and upsetting.
If you’re interested in finding out more, do read a collection of articles about the entire scandal here.
P.S. This post might seem a little detached from everything else I’m written about on this blog. However, I do feel very strongly about this. And yes, I do enjoy classical music.