Chicago Symphony bassist Michael Hovnanian recently put up a post on his CSO Bass Blog providing an interesting window into the rotation and time off policies of the Chicago Symphony. I also noticed that Patty from oboeinsight discovered this post. You can read her post about it here.
Check out Michael’s post here. I like the reference to James Petrillo’s line just after securing a 52 week season for the orchestra saying that the next thing Chicago Symphony musicians would be asking for is time off. I’ve always found it interesting that the Chicago Symphony has nine full-time bassists in the section, although the usual complement for the orchestra is only eight.