Steven and Lauran Gilbreath

What inspires your love of music?

My [Steven’s] love of music is a part of my DNA. I inherited it from my parents. My mother grew up in Chicago and studied piano there. I grew up in the Detroit area, and my folks had occasional chamber music sessions in our living room. We also went to concerts of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. I learned clarinet and still play. My wife, Lauran, got her degree in music from the University of Michigan, majoring in clarinet, and helped me learn. I am part of several groups in the Traverse City area, a wind quintet being my favorite.

What initially drew you to the CSO?

I was initially drawn to the CSO through my sister, Susan Lane, whose husband, Lee, had a career as a violist with the Orchestra. That connection led to my attending many concerts and meeting several members of the Orchestra, so I have a strong connection with the CSO.

Why do you feel it’s important to support the CSOA as a member of the Theodore Thomas Society?

As a member of the Theodore Thomas Society, I know that I can help keep the lights on in Orchestra Hall so future generations can enjoy live concerts presented by great musicians. The CSO is an indispensable part of Chicago's cultural community and needs our support.

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