Silent no more
Used to be, orchestra musicians quietly went about their business, resenting management decisions and biting their tongues when it came to disagreeing with the conductor about his stupid choice of tempos in that week's Beethoven symphony. Disagreements might become public some time after the storm cloud had passed, but not anymore. The drones are armed. Or, at least, they have blogs. Michael Hovnanian, a bassist with the Chicago Symphony, writes on his CSO Bass Blog of a kerfuffle during last week's rehearsal of Brahms's First Symphony that arose when an "old grizzled principal" member of the orchestra took issue with conductor Myung-Whun Chung's leadership. Even better, Hovnanian wrote up the conflict like a screenplay to a movie Western's shoot-out. Besting that, the title of his post is Showdown at the CSOK Corral.