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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000094.txt from 2004/10

From: Adam Michlin <>
Subj: Re: [kl] NY times article
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2004 11:18:11 -0400

This is old news for regional theatre where they often never had enough
space in the pits to begin with.

Whether in the pit or out of the pit the music is mic'd and mixed for the
house. So it really doesn't matter where the players are. There are many
reasons why it is called a pit, so I doubt the musicians are complaining
(except when the electronic equipment breaks... which never happens...

I really don't see a musical drawback (well, certainly an all acoustic
performance might be more enjoyable.. but I'm not holding my breath). Maybe
in 50 years we'll get HIP musicals on "authentic" instruments! I kind of
feel sorry for all the kids who wont be able to go down and look in to the
pit at all the funny looking instruments (and ask about the "funny looking
all black saxophone" [bass clarinet]). I used to love doing that as a kid
and I used to enjoy talking with the kids during intermission when I was in
a pit.

So it goes,


At 10:41 AM 10/5/2004 -0400, Rose Harrison wrote:
> I was reading a NY Times article today about how some of the pit members
>play their instruments in a seperate room, the music is "mixed" with the
>other players and then broadcast through the house speakers. This is being
>done because then those pit spaces can be used by paying customers and
>audiences have become used to "speaker music". Has anyone come into contact
> with this situation? The url for the article is:

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