Meet the Musicians: Julie Smith Phillips


Name: Julie Smith Phillips
Nickname: Jules is pretty standard, though I have a few others: my daughter calls me "Mama" and sometimes my husband calls me "Judy," but that's another story...
Instrument: Harp
Friday night libation: A classic gin & tonic usually fits the bill, although if cucumbers are in season, they're lovely in a martini!

Favorite piece that's being performed at PCMF 2017 and why: The Ravel Introduction and Allegro is such a beautiful work for harp and I'm really looking forward to sharing the experience with the Formosa Quartet, Joshua, and Alexander!

What are you looking forward to most about spending a week in the Bay Area? The beautiful weather, smelling the salt water, and exploring the City. I haven't spent much time in San Francisco so I'm looking forward to getting to know the neighborhoods and eating great food!

What's the craziest or most memorable thing that's happened to you during a performance? Of course we know that when we perform live music, anything can happen, especially with the harp and 47 strings! Once during an orchestra concert playing a Mahler symphony, I had a lower string break right before a solo moment. Any time a string breaks it's noisy, but especially lower strings, and it echoed in the hall! Fortunately, the 2nd harpist was also on her toes and we quickly traded seats so that I could play her harp for my solo. Sometimes crazy things really do happen!