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David Cramer - Behind the Scenes

March 03, 2014

David Cramer Associate Principal Flute

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?
Cleveland,Ohio.

What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant?
Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Tell us about your instrument.
It’s a silver flute by the Japanese maker Muramatsu.

What’s in your instrument case?
Chapstick, a handkerchief for a swab, pencils.

What piece of music never fails to move you?
Late Schubert piano sonatas.

When did you join the Orchestra?
1981.

What’s your favorite type of food?
Italian, French, and Japanese.

What books are on your nightstand? Hard copy or e-reader?
Usually some mystery, both hard copy and Kindle.

Do you have a favorite movie?
I love old black and white movies.

What’s the last recording you purchased? CD or download? Yannick’s Don Giovanni on CD.

When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra?
In 1971 when I came to the Curtis Institute. Eugene Ormandy was conducting Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique! I couldn't believe how smooth and creamy it sounded!

Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform?
The Musikverein in Vienna. 

Photo by Chris Lee

Read other "Musicians Behind the Scenes" Playbill features.