In a capstone to our Leonard Bernstein centenary celebration, we present his quirky, complex, irreverent, and very humorous operetta Candide, with orchestral staging.
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? I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
What piece of music could you play over and over again? Anything by Mozart in E-flat major.
What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant? I love Kanella at 10th and Spruce, and Percy St. BBQ on South Street.
Tell us about your instrument. It was built by Camilli in Mantua, around 1730.
What’s in your instrument case? Rosin, mutes, lipstick (in a neutral shade I can apply in the dark of backstage).
If you could ask one composer one question what would it be? I would want to ask Schubert some very specific questions about articulation.
What piece of music never fails to move you? The second movement of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.
When did you join the Orchestra? September 2005.
Do you play any other instruments? A little basic piano.
What’s your favorite type of food? Currently Vietnamese or Thai.
What books are on your nightstand? Hard copy or e-reader? Hard copy of The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.
Do you speak any other languages? I’ve forgotten most of it now but I learned French.
Do you follow any blogs? A few recipe sites. I trust thepioneerwoman.com and smittenkitchen.com.
Do you have any hobbies? I enjoy baking goodies and then eating the results! I am currently steeping my own vanilla extract.
Is there a piece of music that isn’t in the standard orchestral repertoire that should be? I wish we played Hindemith Concert Music for Strings and Brass, and I’ve now added Prokofiev’s Cinderella to my list of favorites.
What’s the last recording you purchased? CD or download? CD, Katy Perry’s Prism (mainly for car trips with my kids).
What’s on your iPod? I don’t have one.
When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra? As a student at the Curtis Institute around 1986.
Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform? The Berlin Philharmonie is pretty amazing. The atmosphere and acoustics and audience are all very special.
Photo by Amanda Hall Studios