Bassoon is LA’s second highest-paid player

The LA Times runs the numbers on the Philharmonic and comes up with two fascinating stats.

1 The LA Philharmonic pays the highest base salary in the country.

2 The second highest player, after concertmaster Martin Chalifour $508,145), is the principal bassoonist, Whitney Crockett ($306,924).

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  • The stats for orchestras are interesting in that the three of the best US orchestras—Boston, Philly, and Cleveland—come in surprisingly low. And one of the worst—the National Symphony—comes in so high. Why can’t the D.C. band attract the best players? Is it because it has never, apart from Ivan Fischer (whose heart remained in Budapest), attracted first-rate music directors? Or is the list inaccurate? (You can’t always believe what you read in the papers, or hear on television. or see on the net.)

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