From the press department at the SF Symphony comes word of new developments on the orchestra roster:
• Jacob Nissly, formerly of the Cleveland Orchestra, succeeds the retired Jack Van Geem as principal percussion.
• Alex Orfaly steps in as acting principal timpani for one year while David Herbert cases the situation in Chicago. In addition to being a percussionist, Orfaly is apparently a composer of some ability. Interesting!
• Jonathan Fischer, who's been on leave while serving as principal oboe with the Houston Symphony, will be acting principal oboe in the wake of Bill Bennett's death, although he'll be splitting his time between here and Texas.
• Dan Nobuhiko Smiley, who's been principal second violin for several years, has evidently elected to move down to fourth chair, leaving Dan Carlson, Paul Brancato and John Chisholm to each move up a notch. I can't help remarking that Smiley's predecessor, Daniel Kobialka (in the SFS, all second violinists are named Dan), also self-demoted.