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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000035.txt from 2010/11

From: Martin Baxter <>
Subj: Re: [kl] (no subject)
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2010 13:04:55 -0400

When the oboists writhing (on a held note) is sufficient to distract the concerto soloist and her neighbours in the orchestra I would not forgive her behaviour no matter how many serpents she was able to charm. However I don't think the orchestra have continued to give her the opportunity.
As for seating I have been known to take a cushion.
Martin (who has been going to concerts for over 50 years.)

On 3 Nov 2010, at 14:28, Jennifer Jones wrote:

Is this unadventurous programming or hiring that is turning people
away? This makes me want to see a snake charmer that works! :-)

(...and a concert hall seat that doesn't hurt my bum).

-a minor, miner and minding mortal

On Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 6:58 AM, Martin Baxter <> wrote:
> "I mostly don't attend the concert hall because they play the same crap
> over and over again. Boring!"
> On 3 Nov 2010, at 07:33, Peter Gentry wrote:'Anyone that refers to concerts as "ordure" does not deserve any intelligent response. It must be nice for you to be such a superior being the rest of us are in awe.'
> Hear hear!
> There are many good reasons for not attending concerts; Cost, difficulty of travel, other engagements are three that come to mind; but unadventurous programming should be low on the list: I have heard unknown conductors with little known orchestras cast new light even on "old warhorses" like Beethoven's 6th symphony. I an more likely to avoid an orchestra whose first oboist thinks she (it usually is 'she') is charming snakes than I am to avoid one whose programming is un-adventurous or over-adventurous and I suspect from the audiences I have seen at both types of concert that my view is shared by a lot of us "lesser mortals'. I think we are entitled to know the qualifications of the 'expert' who made the comment so perhaps he would enlighten us.
> Martin
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