A Conversation with
Unforgettable Moments with Peter Wilson
Peter Wilson, a distinguished violinist who served the U.S. Presidents for 30 years, shares his most memorable experiences in an intimate conversation. His journey, filled with unforgettable performances and encounters, offers a unique glimpse into the world of music and the role it plays in the most prestigious events in the nation.
A Surprise Performance for the Obamas
One of Wilson’s most cherished memories is a surprise performance he gave for President Obama and the First Lady on their anniversary. The evening was filled with romantic salon music, standards, and modern tunes. The highlight of the night was when President Obama sang along to their wedding song, “You and I,” creating a magical moment that Wilson fondly remembers.
Continuing the Musical Journey
Even after his retirement from the Marine Band, Wilson continues to immerse himself in music. He conducts three orchestras, plays the violin, composes, arranges music, and is currently writing his memoir about his 30 years in the Marine Band. His passion for music remains undiminished, and he continues to explore and grow in his musical journey.
Appreciation for American Composers
Wilson expresses his admiration for American composers, including the great black composer William Grant Still, known as the dean of Afro-American composers. He also appreciates the works of John Williams, Aaron Copeland, and George Gershwin, among others. His recent performance with the Richmond Philharmonic featured these American Masters, showcasing the richness and diversity of American music.
Message to the World
Beyond his musical accomplishments, Wilson shares a heartfelt message to the world – to be kind to one another. He believes that music, as a universal language, connects us with our humanity and encourages us to take care of each other.
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