Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Snubs Olympic Opening Ceremonies Over Canned Music Request
Published Dec 21, 2009Apparently, Frog Eyes' Carey Mercer isn't the only BC musician standing up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra have turned down the Vancouver Olympics organizing committee's request to have them record music for others to "play" during the opening ceremony.
Speaking with the Globe and Mail [via CBC], conductor Bramwell Tovey revealed that the organizers asked the symphony to pre-record their music so that other performers could mime them in the kick-off ceremony. "I felt it was dishonest. I thought it was fraudulent," he said. "It's promoted with public money, and I didn't want anything to do with this kind of dishonest practice."
Tovey added that he considered these actions "on par with Ben Johnson's fraud," making reference to the 1988 Olympian who was stripped of his gold medal when he tested positive for an illegal steroid.