filling jun’s shoes: take 1

for those of you who don’t know, mr. peter frajola is the oregon symphony’s assistant concertmaster.  for those of you who have really been living under a rock, our former heart throb concertmaster jun iwasaki left the band this summer for supposedly greener pastures in tennessee.  the beaver decided to pester peter with a few queries on the matter:

hey peter, i’m guessing you’ll be extra-busy this season since jun has left the band, right?

I’m really not doing all that much extra this season, as we’ll be having “guest” concertmaster candidates trying out for our opening.  Hopefully, Maestro Carlos will find us our next great leader with all the great qualities we loved in both Jun and Amy.

any guesses as to how long it’s gonna take for the band to find a new concertmaster?

Sometimes a music director finds a new CM right away, sometimes it can take a few years.  I think Seattle had been looking quite a while.

a few years?!  jeez.  well, it seems nashville is set for a little while ~ what have they gained in snatching away mr. iwasaki?

Nashville?  They’re thieves!  I don’t want to talk about them.  I think we’ll all miss Jun, as he’s a terrific violinist, an extremely capable leader, and was a fun golf partner for many of us.  Who could forget Joshua Bell limping onstage last time he came here, after playing golf with Jun?

ha ~ didn’t know that, thanks for the tidbit!  um, i’ll end with an easy-peasy question and ask if you’re looking forward to any concerts this season.

My faves this coming year?  I’m kinda partial to violinists, so Perlman, Zukerman, Bell, Nadja, Karen Gomyo, and Stefan Jackiw… and getting a new concertmaster, all in one season!

sweet!  for those of you keeping score at home, karen gomyo is the next violin superstar on deck… halloween and halloween eve to be precise.  thanks, peter!

btw, wondering who the heck was trying his best to fill jun iwasaki’s shiny shoes this past weekend?  well, his name is john macfarlane and he currently holds the lengthy title of assistant principal second violin with the lyric opera orchestra in chi-town.  mr. macfarlane has already been the concertmaster for several bands, including the evansville phil (’03-’07) and the spoleto festival orchestra.  after growing up in iowa city, he went on to snag diplomas from northwestern and u. of maryland.  john (like jun) was also a student of cleveland’s legendary concertmaster william preucil.  his wife karyn is also a violinist, but i’m not sure if their son ian has held a bow yet.

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