Musical chairs

On Friday I received the brochure for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 season.

More on that anon, other than to state the obvious that I’ll only believe Martha Argerich is coming once she walks out onto the stage and plays.

The brochure also confirms two scarcely-kept secrets: missing from the list of musicians at the back of the brochure are the current concertmaster, Dene Olding, and long-time principal flute, Janet Webb.

Neither of these are players whom I think of as being past their prime. Maybe David Robertson has a different view, but how long will he be here?

Seeing as the orchestra has not yet seen fit to make any kind of gracious announcement or acknowledgement (which can be difficult if what is being done is not particularly gracious) I just want to take the little opportunity of this post of thanking both Olding and Webb for their long and distinguished service to the orchestra and the pleasure their playing has given me and, I know, many others.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Musical chairs”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    While Dene and Janet won’t be playing in the orchestra in 2017 (hence omission from that brochure) they’ve both still quite a few concerts lefts for this year and you can be sure of proper acknowledgements and farewells in due course. Meanwhile the announcement (gracious I trust) is appearing at the bottom of each orchestra list page in programs, beginning this month. In particular, we’ve advised the final concerts in each case, for any fans who might want to put those dates in their diaries.

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