What is your favorite piece, performer, or composer:
AP: 1) Concerto for Orchestra by Bela Bartok and 2) Ryan Adams’ cover of Taylor Swift’s album, 1989 (Does this count?)
What is your favorite musical word:
AP: Doloroso and pretty much all of Erik Satie’s expressive markings.
What is something about you that most people don’t know:
AP: My favorite food is Taiwanese Spicy Beef Noodle Soup, my favorite hobby is running, and my favorite tv show is The Expanse.
What is your favorite concert you’ve given or attended:
AP: Attending Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, at the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1998. This was the first time I traveled by train, alone. So, I guess it was the feeling of freedom. It certainly helped that this is one of the greatest orchestras of all time!
What do you like most about teaching:
AP: I love introducing students to new styles of music and historical thought.