According to a memo sent minutes ago by Simon Crookall, ISO CEO and President, to his staff: "For a number of reasons I have decided not to renew Mario Venzago’s contract as Music Director of the ISO. The Board of Directors fully supports my decision."
"We have been engaged in discussions to extend his contract for nearly a year, and it became clear that we were not going to reach a satisfactory conclusion. Mario will not be appearing during the 2009/10 season and his concerts will be conducted by other conductors."
"I have, however, invited him to return to Indianapolis for a farewell week in which we can celebrate his artistic achievements and say goodbye."
Venzago joined the ISO in 2002.
Already, at least one arts leader in the city who worked closely with the ISO expressed shock at the news.
Venzago's ISO conducting schedule for 2009/2010 was to include the season opener with F. Murray Abraham, a Mendelssohn weekend in October, a Joshua Bell appearance in November, and more.