Confused about what's happened to your favorite symphony musicians, and who's sitting is which chair these days?
Here's news to alert Cincinnati Symphony fans about some key changes in the player lineup.
Jonathan Gunn has been named associate principal clarinet/E-flat clarinet. Gunn has been playing as acting associate principal since Aug. 2004. Previously, he was principal clarinet with the Fort Wayne Symphony, and also held posts with the Colorado and Wheeling symphonies, and the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra. He earned his music degrees from Rice University and Duquesne University.
Victor de Almeida has been named principal viola, effective this month. He succeeds longtime principal violist Marna Street, who will remain in the viola section. De Almeida comes to the CSO from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, where he was associate principal viola in 2005. Before that, he was principal viola of the Annapolis Symphony, and a regular sub with the Baltimore Symphony. He earned his degrees from the Peabody Institute of Music and was also an Aspen Music Festival Fellow.
Other new posts that have been announced: Jasmine Choi is the new associate principal flute, and Dwight Parry is sitting in the principal oboe chair.
Other moves: Donald Gibson, first violinist, has moved to the second violin section "by mutual agreement."
And new this fall, Alan Rafferty is performing a one-year appointment on cello.
In this weekend's concerts, Jeremy Moeller is filling in on second trombone and Bruce Hennis, formerly with the Houston Symphony and a horn teacher at Ohio State, is performing French horn.