Honolulu symphony can't pay musicians

Honolulu symphony can't pay musicians

There are 153 comments on the The Honolulu Advertiser story from Dec 16, 2007, titled Honolulu symphony can't pay musicians. In it, The Honolulu Advertiser reports that:

Honolulu Symphony executive director Tom Gulick, left, chairman of the board Jeff Minter, center, and principal conductor Andreas Delfs are convinced the orchestra is moving in the right direction.

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Waterloo, Canada

#151 May 20, 2010
Janis wrote:
How many people do you know who live paycheck to paycheck? If your employer didn't pay you this week, what would your reaction be? How would you pay your bills? A commitment was made to these musicians. They, in turn, made commitments. Decide later if you want to fund a symphony next year. Figure out NOW how to pay the musicians what they are owed.
Agree! Pay them what they are owed! That is the fair and morally correct thing to do. You can talk about finances AFTER they are paid.
San Francisco Musicians

Antelope, CA

#152 Jan 8, 2011
Close it permanently. Put them and your community out of their misery.

Mililani, HI

#153 Jan 15, 2011
I agree wrote:
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So the next question people will want answered is how Keoki Kerr is personally or financially connected to the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra or their Musician’s union in that Kerr would totally ignore all of the evidence associated with the Honolulu Symphony’s financial down fall in order to support his one sided news reports or personal interests. Especially when everyone else …those groups or people who were closely involved with the Honolulu Symphony have or are planning to jump ship.
I am looking forward to your quick response to these matters. In writing please.
Ken Friedenberg
Former Principal Horn / Honolulu Symphony Orchestra
I think it's a gay thingie.

Waianae, HI

#154 Jan 15, 2011
I just LOVE the symphony, are any of you man enough to offer the limo pick-up, after concert coctails, and dinner?

I see.

Mililani, HI

#155 Feb 26, 2011
New hope in a new symphony! But leave the drama behind!

Cape Coral, FL

#156 Mar 1, 2011
maile wrote:
New hope in a new symphony! But leave the drama behind!
What the new SEC (Symphony Exploratory Committee) group calls trying to restructure "without bias or baggage" other more knowledgable investors might call it without insight and experience.
It is almost like hiring new farmers to till old soil without consulting with the previous staff to learn what went wrong. As if the new farmers would have better success despite the existance of contaminated elements from the previous crop and their own ignorance into past failures.

The fact that they have to sight the example of the Colorado Springs symphony's Nathan Newbrough, the Philharmonic's president statement "you have to walk in the balance between two seemingly competing interests — business and art — and get them working together." as if that is such a novel and new idea is quite amazing.

It just eludes to the misguided approaches of looking for handouts and not being able to effectively demonstrate how listening to, learning from and performing live classical and pop music can be an intergral and non competing part of both a community's economic and spiritual survival. Almost projecting their own disbelief in a possible symbiotic relationship while projecting the very incompetance that lead to their demise in the first place.

It is almost like hiring new farmers to till old soil without consulting with the previous staff to learn what went wrong. As if the new farmers would have better success despite the existance of contaminated elements from the previous crop.
liberalsareslave s

Kaneohe, HI

#159 Sep 25, 2011
When times are hard, the luxuries go first. It's not fair to expect the working public to pay so a small group can have a freebie. The train, for example.

Kahului, HI

#161 Oct 12, 2011
it is a horrible group. I would pay them not to play

Kihei, HI

#162 Oct 12, 2011

Kahului, HI

#163 Oct 22, 2011
We have no symphony. The bad one that kept bothering everybody with their terrible music is bankrupt.

Kihei, HI

#164 Oct 22, 2011
Honolulu Newspapers

Tallahassee, FL

#165 Sep 18, 2012
Ken Friedenberg / Media Reviews

Mozart Horn Concerto #4 / May 15, 2000

".. a very sweet, warm tone like melted chocolate flowing smoothly from his horn."
"Friedenberg shone as brightly in lyrical passages as in technical displays, leaping between octaves and running through arpeggios."
"His playing which suited Mozart beautifully remained well within traditional Classical restraint bounds, only hinting tantalizingly at more strident tones in his arsenal. "

Ruth O. Bingham, Honolulu Star- Bulletin

"To Honolulu Symphony principal hornist Ken Friedenberg, the instrument sounds as deceptively easy to play as the music of Mozart that was featured on Sunday’s program."

"The cool elegance of the work was matched by Friedenberg’s burnished tone, and his almost yogic breath control in the long passages of each of the three movements was impressive. Without so much as one cracked note, a rarity with this infernal instrument, Friedenberg tapped into the playful aspect of Mozart’s music while maintaining a certain low-key reserve that seems quite appropriate to the horn’s timbre.", "Friedenbergs sterling performance"

Gregory Shepherd, The Honolulu Advertiser

Sunday In The Park with George / Stephen Sondheim

"there is a horn player named Ken Friedenberg who laces the music with power the same way the best cognac beefs up champagne."

Harry Weber, The Riverfront Times, St Louis, MO

Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Nights Dream
April 6, 2003

"Ken Friedenberg, on the French Horn, gave a stunning performance, beginning with his long held accompaniment notes in the overture and culminating in extensive solos in numbers VII and VIII."

Ruth O. Bingham, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Mahler Sym.#5 / Oct. 27, 2002

"Friday night yielded numerous gorgeous passages, especially by Ken Friedenberg on French horn"

Ruth O. Bingham, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Brahms Sym.#1 / Sept. 15, 2002

"Of particular note Friday night were solos by French horn principal Ken Friedenberg"

Ruth O. Bingham, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Tchaikovsky Symphony #2 / May 29, 2001

Tchaikovsky had a love affair with French horns: Principal Ken Friedenberg shone throughout the concert, but particularly in this work, with its dark Russian melodies."
Ruth O. Bingham, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Hindemith Mathis der Mahler Sym./ Jan. 8, 2002

"Ken Friedenberg on French horn was marvelous throughout, even on all those whole notes"

Ruth O. Bingham, Honolulu Star- Bulletin

Bach B-Minor Mass / May 2, 2000

"...with excellent horn accompaniment by Ken Friedenberg."

Gregory Shepherd, The Honolulu Advertiser

Rachmaninoff Sym.#3 / April 18, 2000

"Ken Friedenbergs horn work throughout the symphony earned him a special ovation at the works conclusion."

Gregory Shepherd, The Honolulu Advertiser

Westland, MI

#166 Mar 16, 2013
"In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends".

Martin Luther King Jr.
Re Wong-Yoshigai-Si ngh

Westland, MI

#167 Apr 15, 2013
Inconvenient Truth wrote:
Some people want to either criticize or commensurate however few are willing to stand behind their statements with their name. I commend Ken for standing up regardless of it's popularity with what is obviously a musician's slam. Please look at yourselves in the mirror. Isn't that the issue here? A lack of accountability. Isn't that why Vicki Cayetano tried to step in in the first place and why everyone in the administration and board started to jump ship?
How convenient for you to take this approach and express your regrets now, when you need tax payers money. The idea that Ken is hurting the Symphony by sharing documented information from the Symphony's own officials with oversight officials who would otherwise be duped into supporting such irresponsible use of either contributions or tax dollars is a very manipulative approach indeed. It suggests a lack of willingness to bear responsibility for ones own actions and other people's investments.
Don't shoot the messenger. Most of the statements made on that blog are quotes and reactions from other prominent professionals in the music business who perform in professional organizations such as the Chicago Sym., National Symphony, and the Houston Symphony.
It is about responsibility. The responsibility of the State not to allow tax dollars to be misused to support corruption and incompetence. It appears that the person of whom you refer did indeed lie during the arbitration and to professor Kaza in Houston. He would prpbably do or say anything Symphony attorney Wayne Yoshigai tells him to say to save his own job and to the expense of considering other Hawaiian born musicians. Did you know that this law firm has a reputation through out Hawaii with many prominent lawyers? Whatever happened to principles? I think you should get your 4 million "matching funds" from Torkildson, Katz, Fonseca, Moore & Hetherington or Wayne Yoshigai law firm.
The emotional pain that many of the musicians of the Honolulu Symphony have caused to, for example Jason Pell's family after he was virtually excommunicated from his long time friends and colleagues, most likely orchestrated by the administrations attorneys at the cost of their own salaries is unforgivable. Especially in that it eventually compelled him to commit suicide. How many of his long time colleagues actually went to his funeral? Whatever happened to decency?Jason tied to express his concerns to investigative reporter James Dooley and others about all of the symphony dysfunction, sexual and otherwise. Little did he know that the media was not interested in reporting the truth. Especially given that Newspaper president Michael Fisch was on the board at the time. And to compound the sense of irresponsibility and inaccountability the Musicians Union told all of you not to talk to the media when investigative reporter Rick Daysog tried to reveal the truth.
It is outrageous that this operation continues to exist and you have only yourselves to blame.
Wade should feel bad. Unfortunately his regrets are not for what he did but only that people are finding out about it.
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour'd, and unsung.

Sir Walter Scott

Hilo, HI

#168 Dec 22, 2013
HSO - so far so good?
Barack is gay

Honolulu, HI

#170 Dec 22, 2013
Barack is gay wrote:
<quoted text> When other people's jobs go away, they have to find other jobs. Why should it be any different for musicians?
Since i'm not cultured i shouldn't even speak on this topix but i do. What is a job?
Joe Balls

Mililani, HI

#172 Dec 23, 2013
Barack is gay wrote:
<quoted text> Since i'm not cultured i shouldn't even speak on this topix but i do. What is a job?
Hillbilly's are never cultured and 100% ignorant. Look at me for example. I know nothing but will comment on every thread because I am a disliked racist troll. This forum is my only social outlet so I have to say something disrespectful if I can.

Honolulu, HI

#174 Dec 23, 2013
Joe Balls wrote:
<quoted text>Hillbilly's are never cultured and 100% ignorant. Look at me for example. I know nothing but will comment on every thread because I am a disliked racist troll. This forum is my only social outlet so I have to say something disrespectful if I can.
You pose as me and i don't like it. Rarely do i come here anymore and i can live out my pretend world here if i like. If you had a lard azz for a wife and daughters that slept around with the hired hores you would need topix too.
The Waianae Brotherhood

Honolulu, HI

#176 Dec 23, 2013
Westside KING wrote:
Poser punk
Get it right westside FOOD STAMP king.
Conchita Balls

Mililani, HI

#178 Dec 23, 2013
Noah wrote:
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One of those "Poor Kids" you feel so sorry for just gave me a 50" flatscreen TV, still in the box. His po mom just bought a newer HD model for Christmas. Shed a tear for those poor souls, would ya? Donate some money or something.
Please excuse my ignorant racist husband. He soon will be history. Anybody know how much of this castor plant extract to give this azzhole? I can't wait to get rid of this transplanted ponk azz and clear my home of his homeless haole friends.

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