Charles Noble, the Oregon Symphony’s assistant principal viola, has a beef with newspapers who think “viola” is a typo. At his blog, he points out one of the latest offenses by from the Minnesota Star Tribune, who called violist Sam Bergman (Art’s Journal’s very own news editor) a violinist.
I think the problem demonstrates just how much orchestras are removed from the cultural consciousness. Either way, it’s another example of just how high this mountain really is.
By the way, both Charles and Sam were featured contributors to the Take a Friend to Orchestra month project in May. If you missed them, take a few moments to give them a once over, you’ll be glad you did.