Q: How long have you been a member of ALIAS?
A: I am a founding member of ALIAS and so proud to still be working on great music with our talented and creative musicians. It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this for 10 years.
Q: What do you like most about being a part of the organization?
A: ALIAS enriches my life in so many ways. I really enjoy being able to choose the pieces on which I work, and I love having creative input on the musical interpretation. It’s also very cool to be able to collaborate with composers. I really appreciate being able to talk to someone and know exactly what they envisioned when they were composing a piece.
Q: The new season – ALIAS’ 10th anniversary season – is an exciting one. How will you contribute to it?
A: This fall, I will be performing the John Tavener work “Come and do Your will in me” for string quartet and eight female voices; Portara Ensemble will collaborate with ALIAS on the work. I will also be performing Shostakovich’s 12th String Quartet. In February, Licia Jaskunas and I will be performing and recording a Kenji Bunch piece – “Luminaria” – for violin and harp. Then, at the close of the season, ALIAS will be collaborating with the Nashville Ballet. My contribution to that will be in the String Quartet “American Dreams” by Peter Schickele.
Q: The 2011/2012 season marks ALIAS’ 10th anniversary, how has the ensemble grown and changed since its inception?
A: We have grown so much! The community support we receive is amazing…we have so many volunteers helping us with everything from concert set-up to community outreach. I remember a time when my dad stopped on his way into town to see a concert and picked up the coffee we serve at intermission. Now, we have so much support and assistance that my dad is off the hook!
Q: What’s ahead for ALIAS?
A: ALIAS has come so far in our first 10 years. It’s hard to imagine what will come next…how we’ll continue to grow in the next 10. With Delos Records, we are hoping that this will be the first of many recordings we do with them. Also, the collaboration with the Nashville Ballet is very exciting. I hope ALIAS will be involved in other equally unique and challenging projects in the future.