Feature Friday – Marcia McHugh


Marcia McHugh, flute

***Seasons with BSO: 18

***Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevaa

***Age Started Playing Flute: 10 (piano at 4; violin at 5; cello at 10)

***Favorite Restaurant In Baltimore: Mera

***Favorite Composer: This will sound cheesy, but it’s really whatever I’m playing at the moment!

***Favorite Non-Musical Activity: During the pandemic, I started teaching meditation and yoga online. I’m finishing a year-long training course to teach Ayurveda as well. And when I’m not meditating, I’m trying to figure out how to grow hydroponic plants at home!

***Early Memory of the BSO Audition: The BSO toured Europe my second month in the orchestra with music director Yuri Temirkanov.

***Concert this Season You’re Most Excited About: I’m looking forward to playing Oksana Lyniv’s concerts March 24-26 with Samuel Barber’s Knoxville summer of 1915 and Terrence Blanchard’s Fire Shut up in my bones because they are amazing chamber music pieces with voice.

***Embarrassing Moments Onstage: In second grade, I brought my violin for show and tell. But I forgot my bow at home, so I just plucked the strings of the songs I was performing that day. It wasn’t quite the performance I was going for!

***Fondest Musical Memory: I performed Debussy’s Afternoon of the Faun with my trio this past fall and just loved the arrangement for flute, viola, and harp. The colors were so lush and we had a fabulous time performing this piece for the first time.

***Upcoming Chamber Music by Candlelight Concerts: 4/23 Villa Lobos Duo for flute and bassoon; 6/4 Sofia Gubaiduluna’s Garden of Joy and Sorrow with my flute, viola, and harp trio, Trio Sirènes