Nashville Symphony's Concertmaster to Return After Temporary Removal

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Mary Kathryn Vanosdale will reassume her post as concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in September, reports the Nashville Scene.

Vanosdale was pulled out of the orchestra's 2006-2007 season because of an undisclosed internal disagreement. Having recently won a private arbitration case, the violinist will return, NSO president Alan Valentine told the newspaper. "Beyond that, I can't say anything else."

The concertmaster's colleagues are also remaining tight-lipped. Said one player, "I've played with her for a long time and am too close to her to feel comfortable saying anything."

But speculation abounds, and a couple musicians expressed feeling Vanodale's dismissal was related to her having spoken against an unpopular candidate for music director of the orchestra, which has been without one since conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn died in 2005. She is one of six musicians on the 12-member music director search committee.

Vanosdale, who plays on a 1718 Stradavarius violin, has been with the NSO since 1984.

"We're just looking forward to moving on," said Valentine.

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