Here’s a heartbreaking and all-too-familiar personal narrative from Kirby Nunez, the (now former) principal bass of the Honolulu Symphony on why he is leaving the orchestra:
The Honolulu Symphony is being dismantled, and I don’t think the public is aware of the magnitude of this loss. Musicians are leaving. I’m one of them.
I’ll leave it to others to point out how much the symphony management’s actions have harmed fundraising and trust in our organization, but they now are justifying an extreme and impractical reduction by belittling my profession.