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? Boulder, CO.
What piece of music could you play over and over again? Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.
What is your most treasured possession? My road bike.
What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant? Parc.
Tell us about your instrument. I play a Brannen Brothers flute that is 10k gold with a 14k headjoint.
What’s in your instrument case? Mints, pencils, a Japanese charm bracelet from my wife, and stickers from my favorite brewing company in Colorado.
If you could ask one composer one question what would it be? Not so much a question, but I would take Shostakovich to an electronic dance music show to see if he enjoyed the beats.
What piece of music never fails to move you? Barber’s Adagio for Strings.
When did you join the Orchestra? September 2018.
Do you play any other instruments? Piano and drum set.
What’s your favorite type of food? Sushi or ramen, it’s impossible to decide.
What books are on your nightstand? Hard copy or e-reader? I don’t have a nightstand yet (I’m still buying furniture) but I read Kurt Vonnegut in hard copy for sure.
Do you speak any other languages? French and a little Japanese.
Do you follow any blogs? Food and cooking blogs.
Do you have any hobbies? Cooking (can you tell I like food?), climbing, cycling, skiing, and traveling.
Do you have a favorite movie? Star Wars.
Is there a piece of music that isn’t in the standard orchestral repertoire that should be? Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux étoiles.
What’s the last recording you purchased? CD or download? I purchased an LP: Labour of Love by UB40 (a reggae band).
What’s on your iPod? Everything except country music.
When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra? September 2010 in Verizon Hall.
Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform? Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Nishinomiya, Japan (where I met my wife), or Carnegie Hall.
Photo by Pete Checchia