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January 27, 2012

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Bob Thomas

My original estimate for Symphony No. 2 was 150 but (a) there were more listed in the program and (b) Mark Swed called it 175 and I've seen no one contradict him. I didn't see the 7th due to a church meeting that I could not miss. Whatever, it was a bunch of folks!

Music Lover

Regarding the number of players on stage, I was curious if you counted them or arrived at the 175 players based on the players listed in the program? I endeavored to count the instrumental players on stage and came up with something closer to 140-150 for the 3rd symphony, and a couple fewer for the 7th. Just curious. Either way it was remarkable that so many players could play quietly when called upon.

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