Chicago Philharmonic Percussionist Bobby Everson

Bobby EversonQ. What inspired you to pursue music as a career?

A. I started on piano at age 4 and drums at age 10. I always liked listening to music although back then it was more likely to be the Beatles than anything else. I would go to see the CSO regularly through their youth concerts and I was totally captivated. In high school my band director insisted that I learn the timpani and I was forever hooked.

Q. What do you like most about the CPO’s ensemble approach to creating music?
A. Playing in smaller ensembles reinforces the player’s listening within the group and this makes for a more cohesive performance both as a small ensemble and in the larger full orchestra setting. Playing this way makes us one orchestra rather than a group of players.

Q. What new endeavors would you like to see the CPO pursue in the future?
A. I would like to see the CPO play more concerts and in those concerts expand our repertoire to include more new or older unfamiliar works. There is a lot of great music out there that is underplayed or totally unheard. These could be coupled with the familiar pieces so that the audience hears what they like but also learns a hopefully new favorite!

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