When did you start playing your instrument?
1970; I was in 10th grade (you do the math).
What do you do when you’re not playing in the LSO?
Practice law; amateur astronomy; tennis; mess with Android devices.
When, or how, did you come to join the orchestra?
My daughter was taking piano lessons from Vanda Rosenthal (former cellist in the LSO) who mentioned that Irving wanted a “third” oboist available from time to time. A number of years ago — we still rehearsed at the church in Lansdowne, and David Crispin was principal oboist. Michael Ludwig was concertmaster.
Do you play in any other musical groups?
Not formally, although I usually have a few opportunities a year to join other groups for a concert here or there.
Do you come from a musical family?
Sort of. My father played clarinet fairly well; my mother played piano. My son has all the talent; he’s a working professional musician in NYC.
Does the instrument you play on have a story?
It was a gift for graduation from law school in 1980. (You do the math).
Are you originally from Lansdowne/Philadelphia?
Not from Lansdowne, but I have been living in Lower Merion since “before I was born.” My parents met at dance lessons in the Wynnewood Road House on City Avenue, both grew up in Merion and Bala Cynwyd, and, for the most part, I have lived in Lower Merion my whole life.
Who is your favorite superhero?
The Lone Ranger, followed closely by Zorro. (And, to be truthful, neither are technically “superheros.”