Saturday night, Paul Simon and Edie Brickell came to Philadelphia to hear Wynton Marsalis’s Violin Concerto in D Major played by the Philadelphia Orchestra. The songful couple are seen here backstage at Verizon Hall with Marsalis, along with the soloist for the piece, Nicola Benedetti. Read a full review of the Marsalis concerto here.
Brickell ran into an old friend at the orchestra: cellist John Koen. The two had gone to high school in Dallas together at the Arts Magnet High School at Booker T. Washington.
“She was in the visual arts cluster — we had music, dance, theater and visual arts — so it was always a surprise to me that she became one of the most famous musicians to come out of the school,” said Koen. “Of course, I was in my self-made classical bubble so I didn’t have jam sessions with the other students. I mostly remember being in advanced placement English class our senior year with her.”
How much of a classical bubble? Brickell mentioned something to Koen about her children with Paul Simon, and Koen asked whether they were married. He apologized for not keeping up with the music business gossip. “She laughed and said, ‘Oh that’s refreshing.'”
While in town, Brickell and Simon stopped by Rittenhouse Square steakhouse Barclay Prime.