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Anthony McGill Interview with 95.5:KHFM: Albuquerque

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Interview with KHFM's Brent Stevens

Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and brother Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, returned to their early training ground in 2019, with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, for Winged Creatures, (Cedille Records CDR 90000 187) a homecoming album of duo concertos featuring world-premiere recordings of works by Michael Abels and Joel Puckett written expressly for the McGills and the CYSO's Symphony Orchestra.

The McGills are among the few African-Americans who've held first-chair positions in major American orchestras.

Winged Creatures includes; Franz Danzi's Sinfonia Concertante for flute, clarinet, and orchestra, Op. 41; Camille Saint-Saëns' Tarantelle, Op. 6; and Puckett's Concerto Duo. Conductor is Allen Tinkham, music director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Prior to joining the New York Philharmonic and becoming that orchestra's first African-American principal player, Anthony McGill served as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera. Hailed for his "trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character" (The New York Times), the Curtis Institute graduate serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute, and Bard College's Conservatory of Music. 

McGill discussed the album with 95.5:KHFM: Albuquerque classical host - Brent Stevens. Listn to the attached interview