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The Universal Language: Evangeline Benedetti, Former Cellist with the New York Philharmonic, Puts It All into Perspective

Carter Brey
May 3, 2019

Evangeline Benedetti was a cellist with the New York Philharmonic from 1967 until 2011, and was one of the first women to be accepted into the organization. She has been a member of Local 802 since 1962 and is now an honor member. It was my pleasure to interview her for Allegro. I'll never forget the time during one of my first seasons when we were performing Beethoven's overture to Egmont. We were missing a part on the first stand, so Van gave us her copy, saying, "I can play it from memory." That's the kind of consummate musician she is.