Zukerman, the music director of the Ottawa-based NACO since 1998, left the orchestra for an unplanned sabbatical in December. Several weeks later, he told the Orange County Register that there were "rotten apples" in the orchestra who had "created an atmosphere that needs to be eradicated."
NACO managing director Christopher Deacon told the CP that the letter to musicians included the words "I'm sorry." The text was not released.
Zukerman is scheduled to appear in 12 programs with the NACO in 2006-07, and has agreed to meet with a "facilitator" hired to help ease friction between players, management, and the conductor.