Posted by Barry Guerrero on June 29, 2003 at 20:19:53:
I understand fully that many people are upset by the alleged racial and sexist policies of the VPO. But isn't it a good thing, a positive thing, that Mr. Sugiyama has won that tuba post? If he's the guy I heard played in the Saito Kinen Orchestra, he's awesome. I suppose it would look even better if he were both Asian and female, but he's not. And, after all, Japan is not exactly THE most forward looking nation in these matters either. And this may torch a few folks back east as well, but I don't think that the constant barrage of criticism that Seiji Ozawa received in Boston was entirely free from racial implications either (one of the longest conducting tenures in American history). So, let's just celebrate this one positive step, and get on with the music.