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Who are your favorite composers? There are so many. Bach, Brahms, Mahler and Shostakovich always seem to be near the top of my list.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? I never seriously considered any other career, but if I had it probably would have been something related to foreign languages, for which I have always had a passion.
What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? My iPod usually contains 5 percent music from upcoming orchestra or chamber concerts, and 95 percent children's songs to entertain my two young children.
Your hobbies and interests: Taking care of the aforementioned two young children (ages 3 and 2). Right now, they don't leave time for much else! My daughter recently began taking violin lessons, and I've been enjoying practicing with her.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: My wife is Judy Christy, principal oboist of the Naples Philharmonic. We met here in Naples, playing in the orchestra, and were married in 2000.
Funniest concert moment: During a performance of La Boheme at the Phil last season, the orchestra was seated in the pit below the stage. During the second act of the opera, there was a loud crash onstage during a scene taking place in a cafe. A few seconds later, with my peripheral vision I noticed something above me and looked up to see a large gold-colored plate with a sharp broken edge come crashing down on the edge of my cello. Apparently the staging for the opera called for one of the characters to get angry and throw a plate, but for some reason he decided to throw it downstage, toward the orchestra pit, instead of safely upstage. Once my heart had stopped racing, and once I realized that the cello had only sustained minor, easily repaired, cosmetic damage, I had a good laugh over the incident. But don't be surprised if you look down in the pit at a future opera performance and see musicians wearing hard hats!
Daily practice rituals: A few scales, some finger warm-up exercises, and it's on to whatever repertoire I'm practicing. The trick with two young kids is for both Judy and me to find enough time for the practice we need!
The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and my answer): "Is that a guitar?" My answer: "No, it's not."
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra: I really enjoy the variety in our programming. I also feel fortunate to have a group of talented colleagues and a congenial work environment.