The 8/16/18 edition of The Plain Dealer published an article by Zachary Lewis that reports on details surround the Cleveland Orchestra’s (CO) investigation into issues surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct against concertmaster William Preucil.
The CO formally suspended Preucil on 7/27/2018 in the wake of a Washington Post article that included an account of the allegations levied by violinist Zeneba Bowers.
According to a CO statement, the investigation will “investigate Mr. Preucil’s tenure at The Cleveland Orchestra and any other matters that are raised in the course of [law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s] work. Upon the conclusion of the review, we will share the key findings.”
This is a fairly broad scope and while Bowers’ allegations are not mentioned by name, they could certainly be a part of the investigation.
It is expected that Preucil’s suspension will remain enforce until the investigation’s report is released. On that point, the CO has provided no expectations on how long the investigation will take.
Having said that, the Metropolitan Opera’s investigation into sexual misconduct charges against former music director, James Levine, lasted just over three months.