|MEREDITH BROWN, HORN|
That levity suits Symphony Silicon Valley Principal Horn Meredith Brown just fine. Asked what she thought would be most fun for the audience to know when listening to her perform Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 2 this weekend, she had one word "humor"--pointing to the close, joking relationship between Mozart and Leutgeb. Here's the rest of our mini-interview with Ms. Brown.
Symphony Silicon Valley (SSV): How did you choose this particular piece for December's concert?
Meredith Brown (MB): I love all of Mozart's writing for horn, but this concerto is my (current) favorite--I think it's just perfectly constructed.
SSV: What attracted you to the horn?
MB: My older sister played flute, and I was dragged along to see her middle school band concerts… I always thought the horn looked the coolest.
SSV: What were some of your favorite concerts?
MB: That's a really tough one... I got to do Bruckner's 8th and 9th symphonies with Kurt Masur and I feel REALLY lucky for that, for example.
SSV: Besides symphony, you also have played for a large number of theatrical productions. What were your favorites?
MB: My absolute favorite show is Ragtime! The music and the story are pretty amazing, and it doesn't get done that often. I also enjoyed Baz Luhrman's production of La bohème. He made it even larger-than-life than the typical opera, but kept the integrity of the music tantamount.
SSV: Any interesting anecdotes or stories you'd like to share with our readers?
MB: It's hard to know what to do about the "water problem" (breath condensation) for brass players when we're the soloists. Who wants to see someone in an evening gown or tuxedo dealing with the plumbing? A very nice friend of mine rigged my horn up so that if I pull one string, I can empty both water keys at the same time!
JOIN MEREDITH BROWN (and Mozart) THIS WEEKEND:
Mozart & Schubert: Saturday & Sunday, December 4 & 5