What inspires your love of music?
I was introduced to classical music at a very early age by my mother. She took us to symphony orchestra concerts in Cleveland, where I grew up. She also had me take private piano lessons — she thought I had talent, because the teachers told her so! I still love classical music and listen to other types of music as well.
What initially drew you to the CSO?
When I moved to Chicago, Symphony Center was undergoing a huge renovation, and I was very excited to see Conductor Daniel Barenboim. I attended concerts with a friend (from St. Louis) who is a loyal subscriber of CSO. We still enjoy seeing concerts together!
Why do you feel it’s important to support the CSO as a member of the Theodore Thomas Society?
The opportunity to support young and aspirational musicians to pursue their potential deeply resonated with me. The TTS makes it possible to dedicate my gift to school, family and outreach initiatives, like the Negaunee Music Institute and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. The students who train and perform there are so grateful for the chance to accelerate their careers — I can’t imagine having a more powerful and indeed lasting impact on the future of the CSO and our community! I’m very confident in this organization and its mission.