Apologies for conveying such important news by email, but I wanted you to know as soon as possible.
For a number of reasons I have decided not to renew Mario Venzago’s contract as Music Director of the ISO. The Board of Directors fully supports my decision. We have been engaged in discussions to extend his contract for nearly a year, and it became clear that we were not going to reach a satisfactory conclusion. Mario will not be appearing during the 2009/10 season and his concerts will be conducted by other conductors. I have, however, invited him to return to Indianapolis for a farewell week in which we can celebrate his artistic achievements and say goodbye. The search for a new Music Director will begin immediately.
Mario Venzago has brought tremendous artistic success to the ISO over the past seven years. His interpretations of the great symphonies of Schumann, Brahms and Beethoven have received critical acclaim and his partnership with the orchestra has delighted and entertained audiences. One of the highlights this season was our production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold with the Indianapolis Opera. I am sure that you will want to join me in wishing him every success for the future.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this decision further.
With all good wishes
SimonTo say that this is a major blow to the organization is an understatement of mass proportions. This was a foolish, foolish decision made by Simon Crookall and the board, and one that was made without the best interests of the orchestra at heart.
I will have more on this later.