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Don Liuzzi - Behind the Scenes

April 04, 2016

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Don Liuzzi holds the Dwight V. Dowley Chair.

Where were you born? In Weymouth, Massachusetts.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Respighi’s The Pines of Rome.

What is your most treasured possession? Peace of mind.

What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant? Shiroi Hana.

If you could ask one composer one question what would it be? I’d ask Prokofiev how his study of Christian Science affected his composing?

What piece of music never fails to move you? It’s a tie but the same composer, Ravel—the last movement from the Mother Goose Suite, and L’Enfant et les sortilèges.

When did you join the Orchestra? In September 1989.

Do you play any other instruments? Faux guitar, faux French horn, and lame piano.

What’s your favorite type of food? Japanese.

What books are on your nightstand? The Bible.

Do you speak any other languages? Lame Italian.

Do you follow any blogs? No.

Do you have any hobbies? Writing songs/poetry, kayaking/hiking, and looking at the sky. 

Do you have a favorite movie? Cast Away.

Is there a piece of music that isn’t in the standard orchestral repertoire that should be? It’s a tie for me—Schumann’s Paradise and the Peri and Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake.

What’s the last recording you purchased? Yannick’s recording of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestre Métropolitain.

What’s on your iPod? Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, Sting, Toto.

When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra? Live? In 8th grade in February 1973, with Pierre Boulez conducting. I sat right underneath Norman Carol and Bill dePasquale’s noses in the front row of the orchestra pit at the Academy of Music.

Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform? Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

 Photo by Jessica Griffin