Mitchell Peters, a prodigious composer, recording artist, music professor, and former principal timpanist and percussionist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, passed away on October 28 in Encinitas, CA, at the age of 82.
Peters joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a percussionist in 1969, became its co-principal percussionist from 1973 to 1982, and retired as its principal timpanist and percussionist in 2006. He performed under such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Carlo-Maria Giulini, André Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Sir Simon Rattle, John Williams, Michael Tilson Thomas and countless others.
Peters recorded extensively with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony, in addition to various appearances on motion picture and television soundtracks. His timpani playing can be heard on ABC’s World News Tonight‘s opening theme, in the movie 2010: The Year We Make Contact, and the original Battlestar Galactica.