Right now is high-five time for the North Carolina Symphony, as the organization lets out a collective sigh of relief over the achievement of a major budgetary goal. But that's just bottom-line stuff. Another matter of great import happens next weekend -- the final show of one Jimmy Gilmore, who is retiring after an amazing 41-year run as the symphony's principle clarinet player.
Gilmore is the symphony's first musician to crack the 40-year mark, although he won't be the last. For more on that, see this story in Sunday's paper.