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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001408.txt from 1998/03

From: Stephen Cranefield <stephen@-----.nz>
Subj: World's southernmost orchestra (was "Anna and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra")
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 17:01:09 -0500

Dan Leeson (LEESON@-----.edu) writes:

> I read Anna's wonderful note on doubling issues but came to a dead
> stop when she said that she played with the Christchurch SO from
> time to time.
>
> Am I incorrect of thinking of Christchurch as the southernmost
> large habitable city in the world? Or do I have that mixed up
> with some other town?

Well, that depends on your definition of "large" and "habitable", but
if 120000 people is sufficient to be large, and the existence of a
professional orchestra is a key component of being habitable, then
Dunedin (also in New Zealand) would have to be a strong candidate. I
believe there's no larger and more southerly city in the world, and
our university is apparently the southernmost in the world, but it's
possible there might be an orchestra further south in Chile or
Argentina somewhere.

- Stephen

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