Minnesota Orchestra principal clarinet heads to LA Phil

Posted on: March 17, 2014

In Friday’s (3/14) Minneapolis Star Tribune, Graydon Royce reports, “Burt Hara, the principal clarinetist, has resigned from the Minnesota Orchestra. Hara had led the clarinet section in Minnesota since 1987 until he took a position as associate principal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic last May.… Orchestra musicians apply for a year’s leave of absence when they go to another ensemble, in case they wish to return. For example, Hara took a position as principal with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1996 and returned to Minnesota after a year. Hara, 51, had requested, and was granted, a one-year extension from Minnesota in February. He told the orchestra at the time that he expected to make a decision sooner than 2015. He notified the orchestra this week and the players were informed on Thursday.… Orchestra spokesperson Gwen Pappas said that of eight musicians who requested leaves of absence in 2012-13, four have elected to return to the orchestra: Ken Freed, David Pharris, Robert Dorer, and Tim Zavadil. Three still have time left on their leaves: Tom Turner, Michael Gast, and Peter McGuire. Gina diBello resigned to take a position with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Stephanie Arado left outright for a teaching position at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.”

Posted March 17, 2014