After last night's performance of Carmina Burana with the Oregon Symphony I talked briefly with Inés Voglar, who is a member of the orchestra's violin section and is also the artistic director of the Fear No Music ensemble. Now that cellist Adam Esbensen is leaving the orchestra and FNM to play with the Boston Symphony, I asked Voglar if FNM has found a new cellist. She replied that FNM will use a different cellist for each concert next season and sometime afterwards they will make a decision.
Portland has a lot of fine cellists. This is Celloland after all. But Esbensen has been one of the very best to play here. We wish him the best in his music making with James Levine and company. Tonight is Esbensen's last regular season concert with the Oregon Symphony. If you can still get a ticket to Carmina Burana, you'll have a chance to hear him with his Oregon colleagues.