My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Richmond Symphony’s season-opening gala with pianist Lang Lang, Sept. 21 at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Energy Center:
Katherine Needleman, onetime principal oboist of the Richmond Symphony, currently holding the same post at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, has filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, related to a 2005 incident in which she alleges an unwanted sexual advance by Jonathan Carney, the Baltimore Symphony’s concertmaster.
Subsequently, Needleman claims, Carney has subjected her to lewd and suggestive comments and has belittled her professionally, charges that Carney has denied, saying, “There were no physical or verbal altercations. . . . I have done everything I can to be professional.”
The oboist’s EEOC complaint charges that the Baltimore Symphony “has allowed a hostile work environment caused by Carney’s retaliation against her,” The Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith reports. Smith notes that an internal investigation conducted for the orchestra earlier this year “found some behavioral incidents Needleman raised that also surfaced in the EEOC complaint,” and that Carney was advised to undergo sensitivity training: