Chicago Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Charles Geyer

Charles GeyerQ. Who inspired you to pursue music as a career?

A. My Dad, Harry Geyer, bought a used trumpet for $10 when I was 5.  I wanted to play the same instrument and began lessons sometime later when I was in first grade.  I was pretty successful with it when I was young and in my senior year of high school decided on music instead of architectural drawing.

Q. What new endeavors would you like to see the CPO pursue in the future?
A. I’ve enjoyed the concept of the CPO since joining the orchestra a few years back.  The orchestra is made up of very talented musicians that are led by inspiring conductors.  Most often that is the music director, Larry Rachleff.  I would go anywhere to play for him, and (I shouldn’t say this) play for no fee.  I thought the spectacular Beethoven 9 last year was an excellent idea.  No musician in the orchestra is required to play these services, so most of those that are participating are there because of desire.

Q. What do you like most about the CPO’s ensemble approach to creating music?

A. The literature chosen is always excellent, and the best musicians available are performing at high levels. Because of the busy schedules of the musicians, conductors and hall availability we are forced to learn very quickly, which seems to provide more excitement for the musicians, conductors and audience.  Each series is intense and productive.

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