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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Tony Solitro

Posted August 9th, 2011

Composer Tony SolitroThe City Wide Composers Collective posits that this generation has other voices than that of Kanye West. But are they better than Pepsi? That’s the real question, isn’t it? Meet Tony Solitro, who will make his case at the 2011 Philly Fringe performance of Voice of this Generation: Love Lost.

Name: Tony Solitro.

Age: 27.

Where were you born? Worcester, Mass.

What was the first thing you stole? My older brother likes to tell the story of when I stole his No Doubt tickets, and wouldn’t give them back until his girlfriend (now wife) sweet-talked me.

What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage? I like a margarita, on the rocks with salt, made with reposado tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, a splash of orange juice and a bit of agave nectar.

What was the last performance you saw? The last pop performance I saw was Aiden James, a fantastic Philly-based singer/songwriter, performing in Provincetown, Mass. The last classical performances were Morton Feldman’s Crippled Symmetry (presented by Bowerbird) and the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s gorgeous production of Henze’s Phaedra.

If you were a “Founding Father,” which one would you be and why?
I was going to say John Quincy Adams, but Michele Bachmann already has dibs. Instead, I’ll go for Benjamin Franklin; he was the most musical of the founding fathers.

Who’s your favorite Phillies player? Based solely on looks, my favorite is Chase Utley.

Do you have relatives more famous than you? My sister-in-law’s cousin is Elizabeth Banks, but I think that’s a bit too far-removed to count.

What’s your least favorite country, and why?
Azerbaijan. I still don’t know how they won Eurovision this year!

Do you know what the Internet is? According to Senator Ted Stevens, its just a series of tubes. But I’m pretty sure its also a portal for pornography.

If you weren’t an artist, what would your job be? I’ve thought about this a lot. I’d want to be an efficiency expert, a constitutional scholar, or a hermit (or some fascinating amalgamation of the three). I don’t have any experience in any of those fields, but they seem awfully attractive to me.

Voice of this Generation: Love Lost runs September 17 at 7:00 pm, and September 18 at 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse Square. Free! (But suggested donation is $10.)

–Nicholas Gilewicz