National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Ball Concert: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Steven Reineke, conductor / Joshua Bell, violin / Kelli O'Hara, soprano
National Symphony Orchestra: Matthew Halls, conductor: Paul Jacobs, organ, plays Poulenc's Organ Concerto / Works by J.S. Bach & Mendelssohn
National Symphony Orchestra: David Zinman, conductor: Angela Hewitt, piano, plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 / Works by R. Strauss & Schoenberg
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works by Debussy, Ives, Saint-Saëns, & Beethoven
Abilene Christian University
a. Was it for music?
2. What is your favorite piece (or pieces) to play in the orchestra?
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
3. Do you have a pre-concert ritual or routine?
I like to have a cup of coffee. I'll often have another cup during intermission. And then I wonder why I have a hard time falling asleep after concerts.
4. Describe your favorite NSO moment:
Probably the 2002 European Tour. I had just joined the orchestra and had never been on a tour like that. We traveled to many of the most amazing cities in Europe. Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna. We went to Ireland and Portugal and Slovenia. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
5. Did you grow up in a musical household
Yes, my parents both played instruments in school (my Mom played oboe and my Dad played trumpet) and they both sang pretty much constantly when I was growing up.
6. What did you want to be growing up?
I always wanted to be some sort of scientist or engineer. I loved to read science magazines and dreamed of creating amazing new inventions.
7. Do you have any pets?
Yes, a cat named Jazz. And my 6 year old twins, Austin and Lucy.
8. Favorite movie:
9. Favorite sports team:
My favorite sport is tennis so I'm going to have to go with all-time favorite player: Roger Federer