In a move unparalleled in recent orchestra memory, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra rehired Alex Klein on Friday as principal oboe.
Alex, a Brazilian, joined the orchestra in 1995 under Daniel Barenboim as successor to the unforgettable Ray Still.
He retired nine years later, suffering from focal dystonia in his left hand, which he described as ‘a death sentence’. Back in Brazil, he started a Sistema education project, took up conducting, and sought remedies for his malady.
Something must have worked.
On Friday he passed an audition of the principal oboe vacancy in Chicago and was immediately rehired.
We wish Alex happiness and fulfilment in his new/old job.