Right Place, The Right Time





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The Right Place, the Right Time! Tales of Chicago Symphony Days by Donald Peck

Published by Indiana University Press
Hardcover book; 173 pages

Donald Peck (1930 – 2022)

From Yakima, Washington, to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Donald Peck’s journey as a flutist was extraordinary. Here, Peck offers an insider’s view of the inner workings of one of the most prestigious orchestras in the country. Peck, like many artists, did not select his path voluntarily, but rather let fate lead him to a career in music. He joined the orchestra in 1957 and was principal flutist until his retirement in 1999.  Donald Peck toured the world with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, played under four music directors, and made 300 recordings. Principal Flute Emeritus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Peck was an orchestral soloist and noted recitalist and was on the faculty of Roosevelt University in Chicago when he authored this book.
A memoir filled with stories about life on the road, making recordings, and working with the best musicians and singers in the business. The Right Place, The Right Time is a joy for anyone interested in the life of a dedicated, devoted, and talented artist.

Prelude: Etude on a Life in Music

1. Music Directors
2. Staff Conductors
3. Touring the World
4. “And how was the tour?”
5. Guest Conductors
6. Learning a New Language; or, The Sayings of the Conductors
7. Nights at the Opera
8. Singers
9. Knowing Some Soloists
10. Making Recordings
11. Solo Dates
12. Outside Jobs
13. Rondo Finale

Appendix 1. Orchestral Recordings
Appendix 2. Opera Performances
Appendix 3. Peck Concerti with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Appendix 4. Non–Chicago Symphony Solo Dates

“This is the stuff music students, particularly ones that don’t have current access to orchestral musicians performing in major musical organizations such as the Chicago Symphony must read to understand what the life is and should be like. Read the book…and better yet, have your students read it!” — Lauren Baker Murray, Music Educators Journal, Sept. 1, 2008,

“A valuable memoir by someone with a unique vision of what it was like to perform in an American orchestra in the 20th century.” — Mary Ellyn Hutton, Music Writer, The Cincinnati Post

“This is a most enjoyable book. I only wish it were longer than its 160-plus pages.” -Bill Gowen, Daily Herald


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