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Christopher Deviney - Behind the Scenes

March 01, 2013

Christopher Deviney Principal Percussion

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? Chattanooga, Tennessee.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

What is your most treasured possession? Probably my five-octave marimba.

What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant? I have too many to name one!

If you could ask one composer one question what would it be? I would ask Stravinsky: “Did you have any idea at the time how groundbreaking your music would be considered one day?”

What piece of music never fails to move you? The Finale to Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
When did you join the Orchestra? 2003.

Do you play any other instruments, besides those in the percussion family? I took five years of piano.

What’s your favorite type of food? I love Tex-Mex.

What books are on your nightstand? Hard copy or e-reader? John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, Bill Bryson’s The Mother Tongue (both hard copy); Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment (e-reader).

Do you speak any other languages? A pequeño amount of Spanish

Do you follow any blogs? Not really.

Do you have any hobbies? Snowboarding, hiking, golf, tennis.

Do you have a favorite movie? Cinema Paradiso and Back to the Future.

Is there a piece of music that isn’t in the standard orchestral repertoire that should be? No!

What’s the last recording you purchased? CD or Download? Download.
What’s on your iPod? Everything from ethnic world music and jazz to Beatles and Sinatra, Bach and Bartók.
When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra? Live—1983.

Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform? I always love Carnegie Hall in the U.S.; also the Musikverien in Vienna.

Read other "Musicians Behind the Scenes" Playbill features.