From the blog of a colleague and friend. Besides offering valuable advice to bassoonists playing the difficult music of The Nutcracker, she offers some sage comments about the changes taking place in the world of performing musicians:
Classical musicians are beginning to open our minds to change. Perhaps we would have balked at the idea of performing the Itkin Nutcracker reduction 10 or 15 years ago. We're beginning to ponder the notion that flexibility may be required of us if we want to remain employed as musicians. And I think it's safe to say that all of us are more appreciative of the work we're offered, since we can no longer take it for granted.