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Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

Playing in Bernstein's orchestra

Double bassist Orin O'Brien Fred Child
2min : Orin O'Brien joins New York Philharmonic with Leonard Bernstein

Orin O'Brien was the first woman hired to perform full-time with the New York Philharmonic. Watching Leonard Bernstein conduct was certainly exciting for the audience, but this double bassist says it was exhilarating and terrifying to face the conductor as a member of his orchestra. O'Brien calls working with Bernstein "one of the best experiences of my professional life."