Police have launched an investigation into the apparent theft of $500,000 from the Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony of Northern California.

The sum represents nearly all of the 65-year-old nonprofit organization’s endowment and operating funds, spokesman Larry Kamer told The Daily News. A member of the symphony’s board of directors discovered the money was missing while following up on a recent overdraft notice.

“We don’t know how it happened,” Kamer said.

The financial loss was reported immediately to the Los Altos Police Department, Kamer said. Reached by phone, Sgt. Scott McCrossin confirmed that a criminal investigation is under way but declined to discuss the case at such an early stage.

Meanwhile, Steve Carlton, the symphony’s full-time executive director since 2010, has stepped down. Kamer would not comment on the resignation other than to say Carlton no longer represents the symphony.

Board members and musicians have rallied to raise roughly half the money needed to proceed, Kamer said.

“We are confident we can open this season, but we’re going to need help getting through it and to rebuild,” Kamer said.

In addition to paid performances, the 90-plus-member symphony annually provides more than 50 concerts to children at schools that lack music programs, as well as master classes to hundreds of high school musicians.

Mitchell Sardou Klein, the symphony’s music director, said he has been impressed with the outpouring of support from the community.

“All of us are renewed in our energy and enthusiasm in keeping this music alive,” Sardou Klein said.

I read it here. My heart goes out to all involved (aside from the thief).

11. October 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

an oboe is a wind instrument apparently or something

11. October 2013 · Comments Off on Goodbye Osmo · Categories: Read Online

The first time I met Osmo, it was clear why he and the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have such a love affair. I could see the fondness — and respect — he has for them in his eyes, and I could hear it in his voice. He spoke with equal warmth about the music.

And then you saw them onstage together. Conductor and orchestra. They danced the most beautiful dance only an orchestra can create. They played as if they wanted to impress each other, but in the way you want to impress someone you love dearly by making them breakfast in bed or bringing them flowers.

The word ‘impress’ isn’t even the right word — it was more like an eagerness to share. The best of friends — the kind of friendship that feels like family.

It’s why I’ve wept over this loss. Many of us have. It’s unbearable to imagine how the musicians and Osmo feel. For nine years, it was a dream come true.

We’ll miss you, Osmo. Thank you for coming here.