We don’t normally follow labor disputes outside of North America but there’s no way to ignore the Krakatau strength fight going on in Brazil between Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (OSB) Conductor and Artistic Director, Roberto Minczuk, and the orchestra’s musicians. What makes this such a tremendous fight? Watch and learn…
In a nutshell, the consternation is due to a decision that resulted in the orchestra firing more than 40 musicians. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the musicians pushed back and in response, Minczuk and the administration embraced the shoving match with open arms (and apparently stiff elbows).
The situation is, as of now, unresolved although an enormous amount of pressure is building against the conductor and the administration. Numerous soloists have cancelled OSB appearances in protest over the decision to dismiss so many musicians and there have even been protests by members of the OSB youth orchestra who refused to play in place of dismissed musicians.
Norm Lebrecht has been keeping a close eye on events and although there isn’t a reliable article index about it at his blog, here is a list of the current articles he’s published: