We hear that Michele Zukovsky is to retire from the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra five days before Christmas – and that will be a farewell party worth attending.
Michele joined the orchestra aged 18 on September 9, 1961, playng alongside her father Kalman Bloch and eventually succeeding him as principal clarinet. Jascha Heifetz was a cousin on her mother’s side. Michele is orchestra royalty, not easily replaced.
Auditions for a successor will be held in October. Meantime, Michel joins the Slipped Disc list of the world’s longest serving orchestral players at #20.