LaTulippe soloing during one of his many TV appearances
A quick look at
the website of David Latulippe '86 reveals that he is a professional
flutist, singer, narrator, and commercial voice-over artist.
Read a little further and you also discover that he developed "unique computer-projected
super titles" for several operas so that audiences in Brooklyn
could better understand what they were watching and listening to.
He taught music appreciation at Brooklyn College. And he subbed
as an on-air radio host at New York's popular public radio station
Such a variety of interests surely give one
leave to proclaim Latulippe a "Renaissance man" --- someone who
successfully pursues various intellectual activities. But perhaps
the work for which he's had the widest audience is as musical
adviser to famed film (The Graduate, Silkwood, Working Girl, Primary Colors) and
theater director Mike Nichols --- first on the Emmy Award-winning
HBO movie Wit, starring Emma Thompson, and now for the HBO
production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America.
Latulippe explains how that association came
to be. "While at
my job at Brooklyn College, I responded to what looked like a request
from some grad student in film: 'classical music expert sought
for film project.' I was going to either throw the late-afternoon
fax away or pass it on to someone, but decided to call the number
indicated to find out just what they were looking for. Without
being direct, they said they were looking for someone who knew
a lot about classical music. Well, heck: my IC degree, the facts
that I had taught music appreciation at BC, that I was a professional
freelance musician, [and that I] was on the radio as a substitute
host for WNYC all seemed apropos. They suggested I fax a résumé.
I then got a call saying, 'Mike Nichols might call you over the
weekend,' and that the project was Wit. After playing phone
tag that weekend, we finally connected. In the meantime I had gotten Wit out
of the library and was poring through the Holy Sonnets of
John Donne [the play's main character is a Donne scholar who is
dying of ovarian cancer; the Holy Sonnets are Donne's meditations
on death] when Mike called. I indicated that I was reading the
sonnets to my cat, who remained indifferent. He said, 'Yes, they're
rather difficult, aren't they?' or something to that effect. Eventually
a great rapport developed. It has indeed been an honor and a pleasure
to work with such an amazing icon of our time."
With Bob Carabia '64 at the Mount Washington Hotel
For a man who has so many professional interests,
Latulippe says that flute playing remains his passion. He and his
partner, Ronn Seely, moved to San Francisco last year to take advantage
of a career opportunity for Seely, and Latulippe has become part
of the Bay Area musical scene. In May he premiered works for clarinet
and flute written by Ubaldo Leli, a composer-psychiatrist, and
he recently played in the pit for an original musical comedy written
by local composer Anne Nygren-Doherty.
Each summer, on the other side of the country, Latulippe continues
a personal tradition with an IC connection --- he performs chamber
music concerts at the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire.
He originally went because his friend Darmon Meader '84 (who would
go on to found and lead the famed New York Voices) was the choral
director for the Brettonians, a singing/performing staff ensemble
at the hotel. In 1985 Latulippe auditioned and became part of the
troupe for that year. Every summer since, he has returned to play
flute. Last year he and the hotel's current musical director, Bob
Carabia '64, discovered that they shared a connection as IC alumni.
Latulippe intends to keep his hand in all his varied artistic
pursuits. From the Golden Gate to the Granite State, this Renaissance
man represents the wealth of IC's artistic traditions.