In our personal interactions, they have not seemed to be entirely honest with us. At times, they have been downright rude. We put aside our difficulties with the leadership because we believe in the players and the mission of the orchestra. But our unpleasant interactions with the BSO leadership must pale in comparison to the suffering they have inflicted on the artists who are the heart and soul of the BSO. Just on the heels of a successful tour of the British Isles last summer, the BSO leadership proposed a disastrous set of cuts to the orchestra’s season and the musicians’ pay. If that wasn’t enough, in January, the BSO refused to extend their agreement with the musicians while they negotiated future terms, forcing the artists to work without a contract for the last four months. And now, just five days after the Maryland General Assembly’s bill attempting to provide additional funding for the BSO became law, the BSO leadership cut the summer season they had announced only weeks before and declared that going forward they will seek to impose draconian cuts to the musicians’ pay and the orchestra’s season.