MEET THE STAFF: Thomas Parchman, RI Philharmonic Orchestra Musician


Where did you grow up? Memphis, TN.

Favorite meal or restaurant? A really good mole poblano sauce.

Coffee or Tea? Yes.

What instrument do you play in the RI Philharmonic? Clarinet and bass clarinet.

What inspired you to take up that instrument and how old were you when you started? Started at 12 years of age to help my asthma.

What’s your favorite composition for that instrument? Brahms Clarinet Quintet Op. 115.

How long have you been playing in the RI Philharmonic? 26 years.

What is the best performance you’ve ever heard? Chicago Symphony playing Also sprach Zarathustra.

What do you want people to know about the RI Philharmonic Orchestra? Just how well the orchestra plays.

How are you keeping yourself occupied while being at home all day? Online course design.

You’re stuck on a desert island… what book, music/album/artist and movie do you want with you? Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, the Solti recording of Das Ring des Nibelungen, no single movie, but Netflix might be nice….

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