Northwestern University and Cleveland Institute of Music.
There are so many wonderful pieces for orchestra. It's my job to like as many as I can as much as I can. I don't know if I can choose.
Get to the Concert Hall in black fancy clothes with my viola before Jim calls us onstage.
Playing Copland Symphony No. 3 with Leonard Slatkin in Vienna at the Musikverein (1997).
I like better to play them, but Strauss "Four Last Songs," or Rosenkavalier Suite, Mahler Symphony No. 5, Beethoven 5th Piano Concerto.
Yes. My father is a bass player in the Chicago Symphony. My mom teaches violin and plays in local orchestras. My little brother is a cellist in the Arkansas Symphony. There was a lot of practicing sometimes.
When I had to choose between a physics class and orchestra in college. This is what I chose.
The feel of it. The people are smart and international. It's beautiful here. The city itself is beautiful. There are so many things to do and see and I get to spend a lot of time in a wonderful building making beautiful music.
Whatever park my 5 year old son wants to go to, or our house.
Lots! 3 cats, all are rescue cats but look like they're sisters, and a tank full of fish. Some goldfish and crayfish in the pond in back too.
With my family. We always find something fun to do.
Star Wars or The Princess Bride.
Chicago Cubs and Dallas Cowboys
Well the other orchestra members wouldn't be surprised: I love my job and it gives me great purpose to help the NSO in any way I can. I spend a lot of time on a lot of committees that connect different areas of our management and the players and help make the NSO the closest-knit "family" that I know of, working together to create great symphonic art. It is a wonderful and rare privilege to help from the inside out.
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