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Principal horn blows time on Cleveland

Richard Solis is retiring at 65, after 41 years in the Cleveland Orchestra, 18 as its principal horn player.

His role model, he says, was Dennis Brain and he leaves while at his peak, before cracks start to show in the sheen.

We wish Richard a happy retirement. Read more here.

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  1. I thought about Rick when you posted on Dale Clevenger a while back-he was a formidable principal back in the 70s and 80s, but spent the last two decades of his career in the often-underrated fourth horn chair, after ceding the principal spot (and attendant pressure) to Richard King. A true professional…they’re going to miss having him on the right end of that section.

    • Stereophonic says:

      What a sensible man unlike Dale.Much better to go before the cracks start appearing,no pun intended.

  2. another orchestra musician says:


  3. Is that a Star Trek insignia on Solis’s lapel?

  4. Stephen Carpenter says:

    It seems that for music and art, you have only a certain space of time where your skills and abilities intersect with your vision. It’s indeterminant. The greatest thrill is when you catch a glimpse of where you are relative to all the others that came before you and at the same time see the future in those who are coming after you, learning about what you know, how you know it, what you do, and how you do it. The hardest lesson is to see the moment and realize all is in transition. Transition is the fun part and the scary part, but the artist practices that every day just doing what they do.
    Thanks for posting this story.
    Best wishes to Mr. Solis on his next adventure. Thank you for all those glorious horn moments; Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss, Beethoven and undoubtedly the chamber music that seems so sublime.

  5. Jim Williams says:

    Best of luck in the future to Mr. Solis. For many years I have sat in wonder at the glorious music produced by the Cleveland Orchestra. I especially loved the concerts that featured Mahler, Bruckner, and Wagner. Seeing Mr. Solis walk out onto the stage was always an indication that it was going to be a good night of music.

  6. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Rick in the early 90′s when I was Executive Director of Kent/Blossom Music – the sole educational component of the Blossom Festival. The students really enjoyed his chamber music coaching and his affable personality. Well done, Mr. Solis. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement.

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