The opportunity to forage personal relationships with audience members is something Quackenbush is looking forward to. She has yet to be adopted.
“Because we play in larger halls to larger audiences in a larger group, it can be hard to do that,” she says. “It’s great to develop one-on-one relationships with audiences. What makes us interesting makes the group interesting.” Indeed, it’s a chance to get to know the individuals behind the music. You might learn, say, that hearing Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet at the age of eight is what made Quackenbush want to join an orchestra, or that part of Holst’s The Planets, which is being performed as part of this weekend’s Laplante Plays Rachmaninoff show, was used for her wedding processional.
Kocman has already been adopted. “I’m starting my 40th season with the symphony, so I’ve gotten to know many avid concert-goers and musical appreciators. Perhaps I’ve even taught some of their children,” says the flutist, who teaches in the faculty of music at the U of M.
Kocman is humbled by the generosity of WSO supporters.
“It shows an appreciation of the commitment it takes to be a professional musician.”