Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.”

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