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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000328.txt from 2001/04

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: [kl] Doctors' and other community groups
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 08:06:30 -0400

--- wrote:

> I got halfway down the block, stopped and said to myself "Schmuck! You've
> been wet-dreaming about a prewar Buffet for years."

That's interesting, but I don't think we need to know this much about
your private life!

> Charlie said I was lucky I came back so quickly. The first chair clarinet
> in the Doctors' Orchestra had had a standing order for a C Buffet clarinet
> for years, and Charlie was just about to call him.

This is even more interesting. Was this the Doctors' Orchestra in New York, NY?
What's the chronology here? When was it that you stumbled upon this C clarinet
in that shop? Late 60's/early 70's? Who was the principal clarinet of the Doc-
tors' Orchestra at that time? I wonder what the quality of the ensemble was
back then. Some community orchestras in Manhattan are really quite bad, and
Doctors' is probably at the bottom of the heap these days, unfortunately. They
seem to enjoy the experience greatly, nonetheless, and their conductor is, iron-
ically, probably among the best community orch. conductors in New York -- studied
with Rostropovich, and may have directed the Bolshoi Ballet at some point. It's
inspiring playing under him, regardless of what else might be going on around you
in the orchestra.

That's something wonderful and remarkable about these community groups in New
York. Among the string sections, you will find players who were once members
of major orchestras around the world. I perform chamber music regularly with
a violinist who played under Bernstein in the New York Phil. He's in his 70's
and is a section violinist in the Centre Symphony -- spends all day long, every
day, running from one rehearsal to another, living out his passion for chamber
and orchestral playing. We're doing Berg's Adagio for Clarinet, Violin, and
Piano in a couple of weeks, as a matter fact. For the Centre Symphony's upcom-
ing concert, we're performing Dvorak's cello concerto...with the former principal
cellist of the St. Petersburg Symphony in Russia. It's amazing, the opportunity
for exposure and growth, not to mention a connection to eras past, that exist by
playing in some of these community groups. I had the joy not long ago of play-
ing Mozart's quintet with a group where the violist had studied with Primrose at
Juilliard, the violinist with Dorothy Delay, and the cellist with somebody else
famous who had taught at Juilliard. These people were no longer professionals,
but what a legacy they carry around in their minds and hearts. The cellist knew
more about the history of the clarinet and its repertoire than I did!

I better go to work!

~ Neil

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