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Mary Stolper, PrincipalFlute

Mary Stolper

Mary Stolper


Champaign, IL

Year you joined the Grant Park Music Festival:

1984 to 1997, and 2001 to present

Where did you study?

Arizona State University, Northwestern University

Career highlight?

Performances with George Solti in Russia and Hungary, and chamber concerts with Pierre Boulez

What would you be if you were not a musician?

A lounge singer

If you could sit down and chat with any musical figure (dead or alive) who would it be?

Amy Cheney Beach

Can you share any memorable stories about your experience with the Grant Park Music Festival?

I started the GPMF softball team in 1984. I supplied bags, bats, gloves, uniforms and balls. We played WFMT (they used to be located just across the Fairmont hotel) and the CSO in the field at the Petrillo Shell.

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