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When musicians adjust to their new orchestra

September 18, 2011 |  1:05 pm


Each new season it's common to see a few new faces among the musicians at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Or at least some new-ish faces. Orchestras, like sports teams, see a fair amount of team-jumping as players go in search of career advancement, personal fulfillment or simply a change of scenery.

What's it like to be a musician who has recently joined an orchestra? Beyond the usual musical adjustments, there's the not inconsiderable burden of carving out a life in a city as complicated and decentralized as Los Angeles. It is a daunting double challenge not recommended for the easily intimidated or discouraged.

Four musicians with the L.A. Philharmonic, plus one from the L.A. Opera orchestra, recently discussed their jobs and their experience moving to L.A. You can read the full story in Sunday's Arts & Books section.


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-- David Ng

Photo: Minyoung Chang and Christopher Still of the L.A. Philharmonic. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times