08. November 2017 · Comments Off on A Sad State Of Affairs · Categories: News

I’ve been told by a reliable source that this really is a mess.

Just a portion of the article:

The committee were placed behind a screen but allowed access to their cell phones and tablets which they were allowed to receive texts from auditioning people to notify them who was playing. Committee members were seen peering behind the screen as well as asking auditioning musicians to come and speak with the committee behind the curtain. The audition was a sham and once the votes had been tallied, the music director tailored or changed the results to fit his liking. There were no brass or percussion players were allowed to be on the panel even though full brass sections and percussion and timpani players were heard in the audition process. The result was a completely different orchestra with approximately 7 principal positions changing hands as well as Thai musicians losing their jobs that had been working in the orchestra for 12 years. If a new foreign candidate was selected to join the orchestra, the orchestra demanded them to give confirmation and move to Thailand within 2 weeks of the audition results.


I’m grateful for our union. Truly grateful.

08. November 2017 · Comments Off on What Fun! · Categories: Listen

Le OFF présente Les Vieux Beaux

From the YouTube page:

Jean Françaix, the composer that bears a name that undiscutably evokes the camembert and the baguette, leaves behind music tinted with humour and freshness.
There couldn’t be a better set than the bistrot next door to present you “L’heure du Berger”, some brasserie music (and a hymn to the famous Pastis!) that he composed in 1947 that stages with mockery the different protagonistes he observes from the terrace.
A little caricature doesn’t hurt so let’s tease “Les vieux beaux”, this fascinating category of worn males, subtly casanova and discreetly narcissistic.
We leave you to meditate on this burning hot news topic, because, let’s not forget: the Orchestre de Paris has reached its fifties, can you believe it!