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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001324.txt from 1998/04

From: Hat NYC 62 <>
Subj: Re: klarinet-digest V2 #106
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 19:28:45 -0400

In a message dated 4/23/98 11:49:34 AM, you wrote:

<<When the Chicago Symphony Orchestra held auditions in the early 70s for
assistant principal/E-flat clarinet, they had upwards of 300 auditionees.
Only five of that original pool were placed in the finals. When Clark Brody
(formerly the long-time principal of the CSO) was asked how they narrowed down
such a large field, he is alleged to have stated:

"Easy -- they're the only ones who played in rhytym.">>

He told me that too.

Another aside, the audition pool included a now-famous soloist. He didn't
advance either, although apparently he did some impressive tossing of his
clarinet (and catching it afterwards, of course) into the air in between
excerpts. The comittee didn't get to see this, but audition prompters like to
tell stories. . .

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