wonderful strauss

Want to hear something great? Take a listen to the newly appointed 1st Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, Noah Bendix-Balgley, currently concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Newspaper article.

flutist makes impression in pittsburgh

If you came to tonight’s Oregon Symphony concert (and given the modest numbers in attendance, you most likely did not), you might have noticed that our principal flutist, David Buck, was not on stage.  (He was capably covered for by assistant principal flutist Alicia DiDonato Paulsen in many solo turns in the Rossini.)  It turns out that David was playing a series of concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony as a guest principal this weekend.  It’s a tremendous honor, Pittsburgh is one of the big, major orchestras, and like the OSO is also led by an Austrian conductor, Manfred Honeck.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The woodwinds throughout provided nuances that blended well, especially the solos of guest principal flutist David Buch [sic], of the Oregon Symphony.

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From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The surprise was the impressive guest principal flute David Buck. He’s principal flute of the Oregon Symphony.

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more orchestral cuts

There’s a lot of belt-tightening going on with orchestras around the US.

Sharing the pain seems to be the order of the day/month/year.