Here is a really sad example of how unjust the musical world can be. And Nathan Kind Currier is not only an excellent composer, but he is one of the more successful composers working today. Perhaps the exposure given to him and his music through this lawsuit by way of the internet and the musical blogosphere will help recover the $70,000 he gave to the Brooklyn Philharmonic to perform his piece in New York.
I think it is criminal for a composer to have to pay to have his or her work performed, but it is even more criminal for a composer to have to pay and to have the piece stopped in mid performance because of fear of having to pay overtime.
There is something brutally wrong with this picture.