The Right Place, The Right Time!: Tales of Chicago Symphony Days

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Indiana University Press, Jul 20, 2007 - Music - 192 pages

From Yakima, Washington, to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Donald Peck's journey as a flutist has been extraordinary. Here, Peck offers an insider's view of the inner workings of one of the most prestigious orchestras in the country. Peck, like many artists, did not select his path voluntarily, but rather let fate lead him to a career in music. In 1957, he secured a seat with the orchestra as a flutist. Beginning in 1958, Peck garnered the title of principal which he kept until his retirement in 1999.

A memoir filled with stories about life on the road, making recordings, and working with the best musicians and singers in the business, The Right Place,The Right Time! is a joy for anyone interested in the life of a dedicated, devoted, and talented artist.

 

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Contents

1 Music Directors
1
2 Staff Conductors
12
3 Touring the World
22
4 And how was the tour?
44
5 Guest Conductors
60
6 Learning a New Language or The Sayings of the Condutors
72
7 Nights at the Opera
75
8 Singers
81
11 Solo Dates
114
12 Outside Jobs
124
13 Rondo Finale
135
Appendix 1 Orchestral Recordings
137
Appendix 2 Opera Performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 19571999
152
Appendix 3 Peck Concerti with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
157
Appendix 4 NonChicago Symphony Solo Dates
161
Index
165

9 Knowing Some Soloists
88
10 Making Recordings
95

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About the author (2007)

Donald Peck toured the world with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, played under four music directors, and made 300 recordings. Principal Flute Emeritus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Peck is an orchestral soloist and noted recitalist and is currently on the faculty of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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