Exclusive: Los Angeles Phil loses its demonstrative principal violamain
Carrie Dennis has vanished from the LA Philharmonic.
Her name has been removed from the orchestra’s website, and she has deleted the LA Phil from her personal online profile.
No-one is saying what’s going on. The LA Phil told Slipped Disc: ‘We never comment on personnel issues.’ Ms Dennis has not responded to contact requests.
But her absence cannot be concealed. Ms Dennis, recruited to Los Angeles in 2008 from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, is one of the LA Phil’s most visible artists. According to an LA Times profile: ‘In most performances, the orchestra’s principal violist pops out of the picture. She dives down on a given accent, thrusts into the heart of it with startling vigor, her head impelled to her knees, her elbow raised high as she strikes her bow across the strings. By the final cadence, her neatly arranged hair is flying loose. Whatever it takes.’
So what happened?
One reader tells us: ‘About two weeks ago, I attended a LA Phil performance at Disney Hall, at which Dennis performed. The very next day, I attended the same program, but Dennis was not in her seat at curtain call. The musicians looked perplexed. Then, the stage manager ordered the viola section to re-seat, and they did. I figured Dennis came down with a sudden illness or something.’
That’s all we know, so far.
We wish Ms Dennis well.