Board of Ontario's Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Still Split Over Former Conductor

Classic Arts News   Board of Ontario's Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Still Split Over Former Conductor
 
The dismissal of music director Martin Fischer-Dieskau by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony last year continues to be a source of controversy at the Ontario orchestra, the Canadian Broadcasting Company reports.

Three members of the ensemble's board have resigned in the last three weeks, with one board member calling the atmosphere "toxic," the paper says.

Fischer-Dieskau, the son of famed baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, was fired in November 2003, in large part because of disagreement with the board over a planned tour to Germany, which was seen by board members as fiscally irresponsible. Two months later, however, the board resigned in the face of growing protests from the conductors supporters. A new board was elected and attempted to rehire Fischer-Dieskau, but failed to do so, reportedly because the conductor sought complete artistic control over the orchestra.

In the months since, the CBC reports, the new board has split into two factions that have tussled over the dismissal and other issues.


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