Patrick McFarland has played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1964, having held the position of Solo English horn since 1968. Prior to then, he played with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Florida Symphony Orchestra in Orlando. He has produced two English horn CD recordings, “Diversions for English Horn” and “Gems for English horn” featuring his playing. Both feature works in various settings with strings, other woodwinds, and piano. The latter recording features the Ferlendis/Kraus Concerto for English horn with orchestra. Together with colleagues in the Atlanta Symphony, he has produced a third CD featuring trios for two oboes and English horn; along with his solo performance of the Sonatine for English horn and piano by Pierre Max Dubois.
He can be heard on the many Telarc recordings with the Atlanta Symphony, notably the Swan of Tuonela by Sibelius, Music for the Theater by Aaron Copland, the Shostakovich 8th Symphony, and the William Tell Overture by Rossini.
Besides music, Pat also enjoys big band music (often sitting in on “Bari” Sax), tennis ballroom dancing, and traveling, especially on ocean liners, and has served as a Gentleman Host (doing ballroom dancing) on many ships including the Queen Elizabeth 2 and, more recently, the new Queen Mary 2, as well as the Mississippi Queen, a paddle boat. Born in Brazil, his first language was Portuguese. He then lived in Singapore after the war and found a cobra in the back yard! After extensive traveling, mostly on ships, Pat and his family moved to San Jose, California where Pat attended public school and college. Pat has been certified in Scuba and recently dove to an aircraft carrier, a depth of 100 feet.
He lives in Buckhead with his wife, Charlotte and his two “grand pups,” a Maltese named Winston, and a Toy Poodle named Sailor. They both listen to Pat’s problems with sympathetic ears and are sworn to secrecy!
Patrick McFarland plays Lorée English horns exclusively.