But its “climactic finish” became even more dramatic because of union demands which have led to a $250,000 lawsuit against the “cash strapped” orchestra.
When the “ballyhooed concert” was performed almost exactly five years ago, the unionized Brooklyn Philharmonic “lopped off” the ending, says the Brooklyn Paper.
Now Currier is suing it for $250,000, says the story, going on »»»
The complaint, filed in Kings County Supreme Court on Monday, depicts a hasty and harried scene backstage to shorten the ‘contemporary classical’ piece to avoid the orchestra`s self-imposed three-hour limit.
“During the second scheduled intermission, [Brooklyn Philharmonic CEO] Catherine Cahill called [Currier] backstage for an emergency meeting,” the court papers claim.
Cahill demanded that Currier personally pay the overtime wages or trim the work, which took him five years to compose and had already cost him $72,200 to stage. Currier claims he removed several sections of the piece, to comply with the “outrageous ‘eleventh-hour’ demands”.
But that wasn’t all, the story continues.
“Instead of playing the abridged version, the orchestra simply stopped playing at the first proposed cut and walked off stage, approximately with 15 minutes left on the clock before overtime kicked in,” it says.
But there could be a happy ending.
Currier would settle if the Philharmonic agreed to play Gaian Variations in its “unadulterated entirety,” the Brooklyn Paper has his lawyer, Alex Roshuk, saying.
Brooklyn Paper - Losing his composure!, April 14, 2009
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