MW: I have noticed that as we have performed recent works of living composers that you have taken to interviewing the composer on stage prior to the concert. Is this an effort to connect with the audience?
EP: People are grateful for clues that help them understand what we are trying to relate. We want to do everything possible to bring the music to the audience but to also bring the people to the music we are performing. The audience should feel as if they are invited.
I am positive that as my wife and I finish our careers with the Los Angeles Philharmonic over the next 20 years we will look back on this time as a golden era in the history of this orchestra. In all categories the level is high at Disney Hall. We have one of the best halls in the world; Wwe have one of the most sought after music directors; we have some of the best guest conductors; we have top tier soloists performing concertos with us regularly and we regularly perform great music. It would be a shame if you and your family weren't part of it. Consider yourself invited.