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Legal rumblings echo through state orchestra leadership past and present

Guadalajara sources have been bubbling with reports of a lawsuit, complaints and official investigations into “irregularities” related to the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, some new and some older but still not forgotten.

pg3Recent reports highlight a lawsuit against the Orchestra Trust, (Fideicomiso de la Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco) by Canadian Marco Parisotto, the controversial and talented musical director of the orchestra for five years (2013 to 2018). According to the publication Mural, at the time Parisotto terminated his work for the orchestra, he sent a bill for his services at “extra” concerts. Then, in 2019, he filed a complaint in a commercial court asking for these payments.

Parisotto’s style was abrasive and his salary was considered high – higher than the governor’s when the value of the dollar changed – so his request for more compensation has provoked resentment.

Meanwhile, Jalisco’s Anti-corruption Prosecutor (Fiscalía Anticorrupción de Jalisco), has undertaken investigations into financial matters during Parisotto’s tenure as well as some into the present orchestra administration. These investigations include general managers past and present, and echo rumors and sporadic instances, continuing to the present, of tardy salaries and payments to regular musicians, guest musicians from outside Mexico, and suppliers.

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