Is it possible that the conductor likes pretty young women and would prefer to be surrounded by them in the orchestra? After all, his present wife is the orchestra’s principal cellist. This would be perfectly understandable, and a sign of a healthy, youthful heterosexual male. It is confession time: during my decades in orchestras there have been numerous times when I have voted and spoken for such candidates myself. These young ladies probably got their jobs based on their Cuteness Factor, as others in the audition committee, and the conductor, who had the final say, felt the same way. Sorry guys, you don’t seem to be as much fun to be around with. Is this morally right? Of course not, and many of the people in question have proven to be disappointing professionally; even the cuteness disappears quickly. But it is part of human nature.

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18. May 2006 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

Although I was a Julliard student, the most creative thing I could possibly do was to start a rock ‘n’ roll band. I brought the oboe into the band not having any idea that the oboe was not a rock ‘n’ roll instrument. It seemed expressive enough to me.

-Michael Kamen (read here)

(Hmmm. The oboe?! … expressive? Ya think?)