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Tales From The Pit: Not even in the same room.

February 17, 2011

It’s an old article, but worth a look again. It doesn’t really go into half the things that have started to happen with technology in pit orchestras at the professional level, but this was 2004, after all:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/05/theater/05pit.html

And then a newer article about the same phenomenon:

This is a telling quote:

Creating new orchestra pits for the “Spider-Man” and “Carrie” bands would have deprived the producers of ticket revenue because seats would have had to be sacrificed.

For my money, no matter how much nerf football I can play, I’d still prefer playing in the same room with my colleagues over playing my part into what is essentially a musical chat room.

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