Celebrate the rich history of the home where The Philadelphia Orchestra first made its sound famous—the glorious “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street.”
Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.
Where were you born?
What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant?
Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Tell us about your instrument.
It’s a silver flute by the Japanese maker Muramatsu.
What’s in your instrument case?
Chapstick, a handkerchief for a swab, pencils.
What piece of music never fails to move you?
Late Schubert piano sonatas.
When did you join the Orchestra?
What’s your favorite type of food?
Italian, French, and Japanese.
What books are on your nightstand? Hard copy or e-reader?
Usually some mystery, both hard copy and Kindle.
Do you have a favorite movie?
I love old black and white movies.
What’s the last recording you purchased? CD or download? Yannick’s Don Giovanni on CD.
When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra?
In 1971 when I came to the Curtis Institute. Eugene Ormandy was conducting Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique! I couldn't believe how smooth and creamy it sounded!
Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform?
The Musikverein in Vienna.
Photo by Chris Lee