The Right Place, The Right Time!
Tales of Chicago Symphony Days
Published by: Indiana University Press
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.
Prelude: Etude on a Life in Music
1. Music Directors
2. Staff Conductors
3. Touring the World
4. "And how was the tour?"
5. Guest Conductors
6. Learning a New Language; or, The Sayings of the Conductors
7. Nights at the Opera
9. Knowing Some Soloists
10. Making Recordings
11. Solo Dates
12. Outside Jobs
13. Rondo Finale
Appendix 1. Orchestral Recordings
Appendix 2. Opera Performances
Appendix 3. Peck Concerti with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Appendix 4. Non–Chicago Symphony Solo Dates
"This is a most enjoyable book. I only wish it were longer than its 160-plus pages."~Bill Gowen, Daily Herald
"The Right Place, the Right Time will be read and enjoyed by everyone curious to know how a veteran symphony player looks at the business of making music."~The Chicago Tribune
"A valuable memoir by someone with a unique vision of what it was like to perform in an American orchestra in the 20th century."~Mary Ellyn HuttonMusic Writer, The Cincinnati Post
"This is the stuff music students, particularly ones that don't have current access to orchestral musicians performing in major musical organizations such as the Chicago Symphony must read to understand what the life is and should be like. Read the book...and better yet, have your students read it! Sept. 1, 2008"~Lauren Baker Murray, Music Educators Journal