SF Ballet Orchestra’s COVID-19 PLAYLIST

SF Ballet Orchestra’s COVID-19 PLAYLIST

What’s the SF Ballet Orchestra Listening to During Social Distancing?

From The White Stripes to Arvo Pärt, Dolly Parton to Bach, the SF Ballet Orchestra’s eclectic tastes know no bounds. We’ve put together a playlist that displays the wide-ranging musical genres appreciated by these fantastic musicians.

Marilyn Coyne

2nd Oboe and English Horn – bio

She’s listening to Emmylou Harris’ Blue Kentucky Girl, the best of Bill Withers, Los Lobos’ Kiko, Piano Improvisations from Chick Corea, and Carla Bley’s Andando el Tiempo, just to name a few.


Patrick Johnson-Whitty

2nd Bassoon and Contrabassoon – bio

He’s been digging into Tame Impala’s Let it Happen, Dankmus’ Bed Goes Up, Boney M’s Rasputin, and a couple of podcasts: Mike Duncan’s Revolutions and the hilarious The Superego Podcast: Profiles in Self-Obsession.


Heidi WilcoX

Violin I – bio

Recognizing how difficult it was to initially listen to music, Heidi pulled herself out of her funk by listening to music she was going to play this season, like Glazunov’s The Seasons. She also encourages you to check out two extraordinary versions of Ave Maria by Anne-Sophie Mutter and Renée Fleming and Evgeny Kissin.


Shinji Eshima

Associate Principal Contrabass – bio

He recommends listening to João Carlos Martins playing J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (books 1 and 2).


Scott Macomber

Trumpet – bio

He has been enjoying Variations on Carmen (Bizet) by Waxman performed by Sergei Nakariakov, Sweater Weather by The Neighborhood, Ooh by Jon Bellion and is delighted at his 7-year-old’s appreciation for Singing in the Rain and Sasha De Sola’s quarantine barre class video.

Header Image: Atmosphere at SF Ballet Gala 2019 on January 23rd 2019 at City Hall/ War Memorial in San Francisco, CA // © Drew Altizer