As part of its ongoing series about the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Thursday’s (2/12) Los Angeles Times includes two feature articles about the orchestra’s musicians. “Meet the L.A. Philharmonic,” by Lily Mihalik, presents photos and brief biographies with quotes from the musicians. In her introduction, Mihalik writes, “Members of the L.A. Phil had some surprising answers when asked which instrument they’d love to master. For percussionist Perry Dryman it was the electric guitar, ‘I love that crunchy sound,’ he wrote. ‘Jimi Hendrix blazed the trail for all shredders to follow.’ Other musicians aspired to tame the powerful pipe organ or play lead trumpet in a big band. Take your turn exploring what makes the L.A. Phil unique. Click on an instrument to filter musicians by section, or an individual player to see their answers.” In a separate feature, “Tales of Obsession and Perfection: The Musicians of the L.A. Phil,” Jeffrey Fleishman presents brief videos of four Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians— Principal Trumpet Thomas Hooten, Bass Clarinet David Howard, Principal Bass Christopher Hanulik, and Principal Timpanist Joseph Pereira—who discuss their instruments, backgrounds, and what it takes to play at top form.
Posted February 12, 2015