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Friday, May 4, 2012

Bass Trombonist’s Last Blast At Symphony Hall

Saturday night the world-famous Boston Symphony Orchestra says goodbye to Doug Yeo, who’s been the BSO’s bass trombonist for the past 27 years.

Here & Now listeners will remember our interview with him a few years back in which he played a 17th-century wooden horn called the serpent because it looks like a big coiled snake.

Yeo is as expressive as his music. He’s played at Fenway Park and Super Bowl 36 when the Patriots beat the Rams, and he’s played with Big Bird and Elmo as conductors.

After playing in Beethoven’s “9th Symphony” with the BSO Saturday night, Yeo will take his final bow from the conductor’s podium, a tradition for the orchestra’s retiring musicians. Here & Now‘s Lynn Menegon took a tour of Symphony Hall with Yeo, on a day when violinist auditions were taking place. And she uncovered something about what makes a musician, an orchestra and a legendary music hall tick like a well-kept metronome.


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