Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York. The name, of Native American origin, means “reed-covered lodge by the little watering place.”
Education: Undergraduate at MIT, a prospective physics major who ended up a music major (yes, at MIT). My professors included Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison, who is still a member of the faculty. Graduate school at Yale in music theory.
Musical Activities: In addition to radio, teaching at the college level, preconcert lectures for a wide variety of organizations, programming and hosting the classical channel on Delta Airlines, writing music and lyrics, performing on piano and bass, serving as expert witness in music copyright cases.
Family: Married to a wonderful and versatile soprano, Karen Benjamin. Son Jake, a terrific jazz vibraphonist and pianist, is at Columbia University. Daughter Molly is in high school and is an amazing singer/songwriter whose career is just taking off. (NOTE: All appraisals of my family’s talent are totally objective.)
Favorite composers: So many, but I’ll tell you the top five. Number one is Stravinsky. The next four (in no particular order) are Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Schubert.
Favorite Broadway musical: The King and I
Favorite vegetable: Brussels sprouts