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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.