Just a couple days ago, local classical music critic Brett Campbell wrote an omnibus review of classical music events from the latter months of 2012. Among the concerts reviewed was the opening concert of 45th Parallel’s 2012-2013 concert season, entitled “Octetlandia”. It paired two little-heard works for the string octet with the great octet of Felix Mendelssohn. The audience response was exceptional (as was the attendance). I’ve continued to hear positive comments about the concert from patrons that I’ve run into around town in the months since. Continue reading “Is there a glass ceiling for orchestral musicians?”
You’ve got to give Bill Donohue credit – he got a lot of people’s attention with his article on the Oregon Symphony and its music director Carlos Kalmar in the September issue. It’s gotten to the point where other media outlets are starting to examine some of the issues that Bill elaborated on in his article. Though I disagreed with some of the tone and direction of the article, I ultimately feel that the article and subsequent debate are very healthy things to be happening right now. Barry Johnson has a wonderful article that delves into some of what he feels are important questions to be answered about the way the symphony orchestra fits into Portland’s cultural life, and it’s a welcome addition to the dialogue.