I am extremely disturbed by the very hostile takeover that has occurred recently by some board members and the 9-month-old management of the Pacific Symphony. As a member of the orchestra almost from the beginning, one with more than 40 years of professional symphony experience with many conductors, among them Toscanini, Stokowski and Bruno Walter, all giants, I can state--must state--that Keith Clark, who built this orchestra from nothing to what it is now, certainly does not deserve the treatment he has been given.
It is said that some negative statements have been made by some orchestra members to some board members and, apparently, to the press. From anything I have observed or been able to learn, this does not represent the attitude of the majority of the musicians in the orchestra. Every organization has a few malcontents, usually the less capable ones, who try to get ahead by stirring up trouble rather than doing their job well, but to say that they represent the majority, in this case of the orchestra musicians, is both grossly inaccurate and unfair. So far as I have been able to learn, not one musician has been contacted by a board member or the press. In all fairness, before stating that remarks made by a few represented the opinions of the majority, would it not be more responsible to do some checking to make sure that this was true?