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Out-of-town sabotage: Orchestra Nova

The musicians of Orchestra Nova had a conductor ready to step in for the first concerts of the 2012-2013 season. They were willing to go on with the sold out concerts which were an exploration of the music from the movie Amadeus.

The concerts did not happen. On Saturday evening, members of the orchestra went to Qualcomm Hall in case there were patrons who were unaware that the concert was canceled. They asked a security guard for permission to hand out leaflets. It was granted.

Who knew they would run into Orchestra Nova CEO Beverly Lambert? The musicians' presence was perceived to be confrontational. The musicians left when asked by a different security guard.

However, they did inform Lambert that it was their intention to be at tonight’s venue, Sherwood Auditorium, and to hand out leaflets there as well. There were no incidents.

The situation does not appear to be improving after Jung Ho Pak’s resignation.

Pak’s resignation came with two day’s notice. There is no reason to cancel a concert to which patrons have subscribed. Conductors are sometimes forced to cancel their appearance the day of a concert but that does not mean that the concert is canceled.

There is always someone to step in. What happened to “the show must go on”?

For the record, Orchestra Nova does have an associate conductor. This would be the person who steps in when the principal conductor bows out.

It would appear that Pak’s resignation and Lambert’s decision to cancel are moves designed to injure the organization.

Neither Pak nor Lambert live in San Diego County. Pak resides in the Bay Area and Lambert in New York. What commitment to the community do they have? None, if we judge their commitment based on their recent actions.

It is the San Diego classic music community and the Orchestra Nova patrons who are being punished.

There is no excuse for canceling concerts when the means to perform them are available. What happened to Pak's commitment to saving classical music?

It was Pak's vision for saving classical music that started this entire mess. It would appear he is now content to destroy classical music if it doesn't serve his so called "artistic vision".

The Orchestra Nova management is expected to make an announcement tomorrow.

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The musicians of Orchestra Nova had a conductor ready to step in for the first concerts of the 2012-2013 season. They were willing to go on with the sold out concerts which were an exploration of the music from the movie Amadeus.

The concerts did not happen. On Saturday evening, members of the orchestra went to Qualcomm Hall in case there were patrons who were unaware that the concert was canceled. They asked a security guard for permission to hand out leaflets. It was granted.

Who knew they would run into Orchestra Nova CEO Beverly Lambert? The musicians' presence was perceived to be confrontational. The musicians left when asked by a different security guard.

However, they did inform Lambert that it was their intention to be at tonight’s venue, Sherwood Auditorium, and to hand out leaflets there as well. There were no incidents.

The situation does not appear to be improving after Jung Ho Pak’s resignation.

Pak’s resignation came with two day’s notice. There is no reason to cancel a concert to which patrons have subscribed. Conductors are sometimes forced to cancel their appearance the day of a concert but that does not mean that the concert is canceled.

There is always someone to step in. What happened to “the show must go on”?

For the record, Orchestra Nova does have an associate conductor. This would be the person who steps in when the principal conductor bows out.

It would appear that Pak’s resignation and Lambert’s decision to cancel are moves designed to injure the organization.

Neither Pak nor Lambert live in San Diego County. Pak resides in the Bay Area and Lambert in New York. What commitment to the community do they have? None, if we judge their commitment based on their recent actions.

It is the San Diego classic music community and the Orchestra Nova patrons who are being punished.

There is no excuse for canceling concerts when the means to perform them are available. What happened to Pak's commitment to saving classical music?

It was Pak's vision for saving classical music that started this entire mess. It would appear he is now content to destroy classical music if it doesn't serve his so called "artistic vision".

The Orchestra Nova management is expected to make an announcement tomorrow.

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