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
Butler University/Cleveland Institute of Music
a. Was it for music?
Butler, no. CIM, yes.
2. What is your favorite piece (or pieces) to play in the orchestra
The one I'm playing at any given moment.
3. Do you have a pre-concert ritual or routine?
Yes. I get to the hall early to check the humidity, adjust accordingly and clear my timpani heads every evening before a concert.
4. Describe your favorite NSO moment:
When Jim Hewitt, the Personnel Manager, offered me the job.
5. What are three songs or pieces you love to listen to?
Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, 2nd movement; Ravel Mother Goose; Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
6. Did you grow up in a musical household?
7. What did you want to be growing up?
Never really thought about it.
a. When did you know you wanted to be a professional classical musician?
My senior year at Butler.
8. What is your favorite thing about living in the DC area?
The park-like atmosphere, all of the free cultural activities and NFL RedZone (they didn't have it in my previous city).
9. Where is your favorite DC hangout?
District Commons and Mandu!
10. Do you have any pets?
No, but we're looking!
11. What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
Either at home in my loft relaxing or out with my boys.
12. Favorite movie:
Coming to America
13. Favorite sports team:
GO COLTS! GO BUTLER BULLDOGS!
14. Name one thing people would be surprised to know about you.
My degree isn't in music; it's in Arts Administration.