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Socrates Villegas - Behind the Scenes

November 30, 2016

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Where were you born? I was born in Coyotepec, Mexico.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? The Overture to The Queen of Spades by Franz von Suppé.

What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant? Las Bugambilias. Try the ceviche!

Tell us about your instruments? My instruments are from Canada and they are made of cocobolo, a beautiful red-color wood. They are co-designed by Ricardo Morales and Morrie Backun, that’s why the model is named “MoBa.” I have been playing with them since last year.

What’s in your instrument case? There is a tuner, metronome, headphones, lots of pencils, a phone charger, a screwdriver, and some music I want to learn.

If you could ask one composer one question what would it be? I would like to ask Mozart everything about his Clarinet Concerto.

What piece of music never fails to move you? The Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, it is just beautiful.

When did you join the Orchestra? In September 2016.

Do you play any other instruments? I play a little bit of saxophone and the trumpet, just for fun.

What’s your favorite type of food? I love Italian food but my favorite is Mexican. By saying Mexican I don’t mean Taco Bell or anything like that, I mean authentic Mexican food.

What books are on your nightstand? I have a hard copy of a biography of Rafael Méndez. He was an amazing trumpet player, usually called the Heifetz of the trumpet.

Do you speak any other languages? Spanish of course and a little bit of French.

Do you follow any blogs? No, I don’t.

Do you have any hobbies? I love watching art cinema and walking around the city.

Do you have a favorite movie? Cinema Paradiso, I can watch it over and over again.

What’s the last recording you purchased? I recently downloaded Coldplay’s most recent album.

What’s on your iPod? I don’t have an iPod, but I am listening to Michael Bublé on Spotify.

When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra? It was in 2012, when I came to Philadelphia to do my audition for my master’s degree at Temple University. I was amazed by the sound.

Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform? Carnegie Hall, it is always special to play there.

Photo by Gerardo Ledezma