“Reaction to Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s Thursday signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act continued to roll in over the weekend and Monday,” writes Justin Mack in Monday’s (3/30) Indianapolis Star. “Gary Ginstling, CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, said Monday that a number of high-profile guest artists slated to perform with the orchestra have expressed concerns about coming to Indiana in the future. ‘The ISO is committed to providing our community opportunities to experience the most talented performers from around the world; that any artist might choose not to perform with us due to this legislation is but one example of its far-reaching consequences,’ Ginstling said. ‘At a time when the nation’s attention is focused on Indianapolis this week as we host the NCAA’s 2015 Final Four Men’s Basketball Championship.… It is a shame that the divisiveness of this legislation has become the headline,’ he said in a statement.… ‘It is important that the Indianapolis Symphony reiterate its commitment to inclusiveness and to the value and benefit of a diverse community.’ ” The article notes that Indiana-based Ball State, Butler, DePauw, and Purdue universities, as well as Earlham, Franklin, and Hanover colleges, have also issued statements expressing concern about RFRA.
Posted March 31, 2015
Pictured: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra CEO Gary Ginstling