Friday, September 14, 2012


Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony, has commissioned students at New York’s Parsons The New School for Design to craft new outfits for orchestral musicians, in a probably overdue effort to retire the white-tie-and-tails/black gown dress code that has been the symphony night standard since the 19th century, The Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith reports:

I’ve long advocated black or some other dark-colored shirts and trousers for men and pants-suits for women, loose-fitting in the neck and upper body to accommodate the contortions that string musicians, trombonists, et al., go through when playing.

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Meanwhile, a Farmington, NM, middle school has told an 11-year-old orchestra student that she may not play her purple violin because it doesn’t look like all the other fiddles. John M. Glionna reports in the Los Angeles Times:,0,6370815.story