20. December 2009 · Comments Off on Vancouver Symphony Says “No” · Categories: News

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has turned its back on the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics after Games organizers requested the orchestra prerecord the music.

The symphony’s conductor, Bramwell Tovey, told the Globe and Mail that officials with the Vancouver Olympics organizing committee, known as VANOC, said the prerecorded music would be mimed by others during the opening gala Feb. 12.

“I felt it was dishonest. I thought it was fraudulent,” Tovey told the newspaper.

“It’s promoted with public money, and I didn’t want anything to do with this kind of dishonest practice.”


I do wonder if the bigger issue was that a different conductor would be doing the miming. Yeah. I’m that kind of skeptical.

The decision came after Tovey, who has led the VSO since 2000, was asked to conduct the recording session, but then was told another conductor would mime his performance at the ceremonies.


But wait! There’s more:

The public applause was deafening when Maestro Bramwell Tovey refused to play along with VANOC’s tune this week — and now 2010 Games organizers have apologized for asking him to.

Tovey, the famed conductor of the Grammy-winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, slammed the 2010 group for asking his orchestra to pre-record a performance for the opening ceremonies of the Games — and then planning for another conductor to “mime” his part of the soundtrack during the internationally broadcast show.

Saturday, after Tovey and the orchestra received a two-day, standing-ovation-like response for turning VANOC down, 2010 officials issued a statement apologizing “for putting the orchestra in an untenable position regarding the opening ceremonies.”


The one odd thing that stands out to me is that I’m not seeing any orchestra members’ comments on this whole thing. Weird.

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