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Chicago's Principal Oboe Resigns

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Chicago's Principal Oboe Resigns

By Andrew Patner


April 16, 2004

CHICAGO -- Alex Klein, principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1995, has announced his resignation following several years of difficulties caused by focal hand dystonia, a motor control disorder that has affected a number of musicians, most famously pianist Leon Fleisher. Klein's last concert as a member of the CSO will take place at the Ravinia Festival on July 3rd. His last concerts as a member of the CSO at Orchestra Hall took place last month and his last concerts as a member of the CSO under music director Daniel Barenboim took place last week in Berlin at the Philharmonie in the three last symphonies of Tchaikovsky as a part of the orchestra's participation in Barenboim's annual Festtage (Festival Days) there.

Klein, 38, joined the CSO as principal oboe in 1995, succeeding the legendary Ray Still, and quickly became a popular member of the orchestra as well as a sought after teacher at both Northwestern and Roosevelt Universities, an acti ve chamber musician and soloist nationally and internationally, and a recording artist for Chicago's Cedille Records. An alumnus of the Oberlin Conservatory, Klein had been active chiefly as a chamber musician before being appointed to the principal's chair by Barenboim.

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