Regarding John Henken's "Musicians Union and L.A. Chamber Orchestra Out of Tune?" (Nov. 22), as a long-time member of American Federation of Musicians Local 47, and as a former member of the Board of Directors of the Union, I have observed numerous firings of musicians for reasons other than lack of ability. This reflects the lopsided supply and demand situation existing in the entertainment industry that makes the expression of one's views so treacherous.
Paul Shure, Janet Lakatos and the union should be commended for taking a firm stand in suing the L.A. Chamber Orchestra. This case may set a precedent, and it undoubtedly will protect other musicians from unjust harassment.
The future of the Chamber Orchestra under Iona Brown, in such an oppressive atmosphere, looks bleak. This is regretable because the L.A. Chamber Orchestra under Neville Marriner and Gerard Schwartz has made tremendous strides.
The Iona Brown format may give us authentic Baroque Vivaldi, but it also mandates the engagement of guest conductors to perform modern repertory. The word baroque (barroco) originally meant a misshapen pearl in Portuguese. Iona Brown may be giving us exactly that.