As most of you probably know, two members of the Eugene Symphony, Kjersten Oquist, the orchestra's principal violist, and Angela Svendsen, the principal second violinist, were killed by a drunk driver just a few days ago. Both musicians were tenderly remembered in the Eugene Symphony's concert last night. You can read about this concert in the Eugene Register-Guard and in David Stabler's blog.
In his blog, daily observations, Charles Noble points out that being a freelance musician is very, very difficult and at times dangerous.
Ah, if we could just take some of the funding away from terrible things like the war effort in Iraq or the many private organizations that are benefiting from that war, and give that money to artistic purposes, life would be much better.