Author and former San Francisco Symphony percussionist on life in an orchestra

Posted on: November 29, 2011

In Saturday’s (11/26) San Jose Mercury News (California), Richard Scheinin writes, “From 1965 through 2001, there was a constant in the San Francisco Symphony’s percussion section—Anthony J. Cirone. This award-winning percussionist—also a composer, also a retired San Jose State music professor—now has authored ‘The Great American Symphony Orchestra A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Its Artistry, Passion, and Heartache’ (Meredith, $19.95). Cirone, who lives in Los Gatos, regaled me with stories and insights, via email.” Cirone talks about how an orchestra is like a family, and the relationship between players and the conductor. Does he ever get bored, as a percussion player, waiting for his cues in the score, Scheinin asks? Cirone responds, “Do you mean, for example, when I have one cymbal crash in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in the slow movement of this ninety-minute work? The answer is, Not at all! Every rehearsal and concert, for me, is a master class and I enjoy listening to the creative genius of these composers, studying the orchestration, and observing the technical skills of my colleagues.”

Posted November 29, 2011