Ann Palen, Violin
Hometown: Midland, Michigan
Joined Lyric Orchestra in 1990
Education: BM from Eastman School of Music, MM from Peabody Institute
What is your most memorable Lyric performance?
“Peter Grimes” by Benjamin Britten. Playing the “Sea Interludes” within the context of the entire opera is hauntingly beautiful.
What works in future seasons are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to “Bel Canto” just as I was looking forward to “The Passenger” this season. It’s exciting to learn a new score.
Outside the pit:
I like to go to the gym. I belong to a park district gym that caters to a wide range of people. When I see someone who is fit, or someone who is elderly and still moving, or someone who is working with a physical handicap, I’m inspired to keep going, work harder. And after an hour, I’m done….which never happens with practicing!
Favorite travel destination:
The Great Lakes. Each one has its own character and beauty.