I’ve had an email from Lake Placid, telling me that the bassonist who joined in 1947 has just hung up his instrument.
Has anyone, anywhere, played longer?
Here’s the mail:
I am Music Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta (NY), which has
been in operating since 1917 and is now a 6 week Summer festival
orchestra. Our Bassoonist David Van Hoesen just retired last Saturday
(performing a solo no less) and he has been in the group every year
since 1947 which could be the longest orchestra tenure ever? He was a
legendary teacher at Eastman having taught many of todays leading
Bassoonists including Judith Leclair and Roger Nye of the NY Phil. I
have a blog but your readership is huge and would do pointing out this
incredible career the justice it deserves. I am happy to provide more
information if you wish