It has been almost 2 months since I wrote here, and I have no excuse – other than life has been too much with me. We moved, two guilds to look after, teaching, etc. - it all takes time.
I'm in Indianapolis at the moment at my son's house. Spending the week here with my grandson while his Dad plays a week with the Detroit Symphony. In the fall, the Indianapolis Symphony was involved in contract negotiations, as many US orchestra were. They were out of work for some time, finally settled, and are back at work now, but while they were out, the musicians took work where they could find it. Rick (my son) played a week in Dallas, has some future gigs with Chicago Lyric Opera, and this week in Detroit. The ISO is back at work at salaries reduced by 1/3, and the management has agreed to allow the musicians to keep their commitments made during the strike/lock out (not sure which it was). All I know for sure is that orchestras in this country are in severe distress; this has affected the big 10 and the little 10 alike.