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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000759.txt from 1998/03

From: "David C. Blumberg" <>
Subj: Russinek- Phila Job(?)Ain't over yet..
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 09:50:23 -0500

Here is the story with the Audition of Phila. Principal Clarinet. This is
from Abe Galper who taught Michael Russinek before he went to Curtis to
study with Don Montanaro.
Russinek won the Audition, but as of present has not been offered the job.
The conductor still wants to hear a European player (don't know who), and
will make the decision in April as to who gets the job. Mike Russinek was
the "last man standing" at the audition. He also recently won the Principal
Pittsburgh, Clarinet position, so he has that job already sewn up.

David Blumberg

Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 23:17:31 -0500
Subject: Re: Bass clarinets in A

Yes, quite a lot of it; about 1/2 the bass clarinet part in the first 3
acts, and most of the last act. The bass usually changes with the
clarinets from Bb to A and vice versa.

Dan Leeson wrote a great article on the purchase of his A bass clarinet in
a past "Clarinet" magazine, pointing out that you can take some of the
harder solo licks (I think he cited "On the Trail") and play them on the
A, making them a bit easier up a 1/2 step (which assertion was vigourously
poo-poohed by the bass clarinetist of the Baltimore Sym., I think).

Did I read that Michael Rusinek won the principal job in Philadelphia?
Grew up listening to him; amazing player, total confidence with any
piece, no matter how difficult (ie.Nielsen Concerto). If so, that's
the second Canadian wind player to win a major 1st job in the last while;
horn player James Sommerville is joining Boston next year.

Peter Stoll

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