Interview conducted by Brandon Pugh- Egyptian Theatre Intern.
Amanda Nelson is a current member of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She is also general manager. The KSO will be performing at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 11:00AM if you are interested in seeing this talented group of performers.
Amanda: I have been playing cello in the orchestra since 2005 and have been general manager since 2006. I joined the orchestra my first year out of college because I wanted to continue playing in an orchestra for me! It was a perfect fit because my cello teacher, Linc Smelser, was (and still is) the conductor. I am one to get involved in the community, so the following year when the general manager position became available and Linc approached me about the job, I was excited to get involved in this great organization on a different level!
Brandon: Have you ever performed in your life? If yes, has it been with the orchestra?
Amanda: I have been performing since a very young age. I have been involved in some sort of music lessons or ensemble practice since I was 8 years old. Performing solo is not my favorite thing to do, but playing in a group I love! I perform with the KSO and the Tom Sharpe World Music Ensemble. As a music teacher, I love running concerts for students and my summer orchestra program Garage Orchestra.
Brandon: What is one thing you enjoy most about working with the orchestra?
Amanda: I love working with KSO because it is a fantastic group of very talented musicians who want to make this community a better place!
Brandon: Do you have a favorite musical arrangement that either you’ve heard in the past or that the orchestra has performed?
Amanda: My absolute favorite orchestral piece is the second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. I was lucky enough to be able to play it with KSO a few years ago!
Brandon: If you could possess one talent that you don’t already have, what would it be?
Amanda:I have two! I would love to be a really good piano player (one that can read music and improvise) and a really good drum set player. So many times in my life I have needed a good piano player or a good drummer and it would have been so easy to just fill in myself!
Brandon: Have you visited the Egyptian in the past? If yes, what is your favorite memory?
Amanda: I have been there many times! The KSO Children’s concert is by far the best!