Why has Pinchas Zukerman decided to snub his orchestra for the
next six months? Robert Everett-Green investigates.
The Globe and Mail, Toronto
By ROBERT EVERETT-GREEN
Thursday, January 12, 2006 Page R1
Pierre Thberge, director of the National Gallery of Canada, is
well known in Ottawa for taking his dog to work every day. But
when he's not on the job, he doesn't assume that gallery staff
will let his prized Airedale terrier have the run of the office.
Things are different across the river at the National Arts Centre
Orchestra, where on at least one occasion Pinchas Zukerman's
wife, cellist Amanda Forsyth, installed the couple's dog in the
Conductor's Dressing Room while Zukerman was performing elsewhere.
The guest conductor at the NACO that week presumably agreed that
every dog must have his day.
The pooch incident has come to symbolize what some close to the
NACO regard as an alarming sense of entitlement on the part of
the orchestra's power couple. It may also offer a small clue
in the continuing mystery of why Zukerman and Forsyth, who is
principal cellist, have both abandoned the orchestra in the
middle of the season.
Late last month, the NACO announced that the orchestra's
energetic music director was tired and had decided to cancel all
his concerts (and forgo payment for performing them) at the NAC
till June. Zukerman hasn't uttered a public word on the subject,
and his New York agent says he doesn't intend to. At about the
same time as his departure became known, Forsyth went on indefinite
medical leave. ...
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