Favorite Pops Concert: Tribute to the Armed Forces, my Dad was a WWII Veteran.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Enjoy all the cultural offerings, running around Shaker Lakes and biking in the MetroParks.
I have climbed all 48 high peaks of New Hampshire and am a lover of nature, animals, ethnic cuisine and culture.
Sponsor: Laura & Vincent Panichi
Hometown:Spring Creek, PA
Favorite Pops Concert: New Year’s Eve because the audience is always extra enthusiastic!
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Hiking in the MetroParks.
I share my home with four tuxedo cats, two house rabbits and a parrot (he’s very musically inclined, by the way)!
Sponsor: Barry & Lynn Chesler
Hometown: Palm Beach, Florida
Favorite Pops Concert: The annual holiday concert at the Palace Theater. I love it because so many families attend as a tradition to kick off the holiday season.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Happy hour at one of our amazing restaurants.
I am a Realtor with Howard Hanna Chagrin Falls. My therapy dog Porter and I volunteer with "Tail Waggin' Tudors", assisting young children with reading and building self esteem.
Hometown: Born and raised in Cleveland
Favorite Pops Concert: Any concert I can play Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue!
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Visit the Metroparks.
My lifelong hobby is antique cars. I have a 1958 Corvette which I restored and enjoy driving during the warm summer months!
Sponsor: Norma Lerner
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Favorite Pops Concert: New Year's Eve! It's so much fun to ring in the new year playing in Severance Hall.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Spending time in the main library downtown, wandering around the Museum of Art, and watching sunsets over Lake Erie in different parts of town.
My favorite authors are Alan Hollinghurst and Toni Morrison.
Hometown: Hudson, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: John Williams Tribute
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Explore the vast variety of restaurants.
Renee Anthony Dee
Sponsor: Alexandra Vago, in memory of Dr. Richard J. Vago
Hometown: Parma Heights, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: The one I'm playing, because each one is an opportunity to connect with friends onstage and in the audience. Also, closest to my heart is NYE 2020. It was one of my last live performances, and a special treat as my husband got to celebrate his retirement by conducting my wonderful colleagues in The March of the Toreadors from Bizet's Carmen - an unforgettable occasion for us both!
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Attend concerts and enjoy great food.
My handmade bassoon reeds have been used by studio musicians on film scores such as Forrest Gump, Water World, Mouse Hunt, March of the Penguins, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Sponsor: Gordon Leigh Petitt
Sponsor: Sandy & Jeff Brausch
Hometown: Twinsburg, Ohio
Favorite Pops Concert: John Williams concerts and the Salute to our Veterans concerts.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Eating out with family and friends in Little Italy.
My teachers have included James Thompson, Michael Sachs, Eugene Blee, Phil Collins and Robert Dolwick.
Sponsor: Penelope & Michael Shemo Hometown: Parma, OH Favorite Pops Concert: My favorite Pops concerts are those that feature the music of John Williams. For brass players, they are the most challenging and the most fun to play.
Sponsor: Shirley Morgenstern Hometown: Orville, OH Favorite Pops Concert: All are fun and challenging in different ways Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Play at Severance Hall with the Pops
Hobbies include: gardening, billiards, driving vintage Porsche, military history
Hometown: Massilon, OH Favorite Pops Concert: Joint concerts with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Sunset on the Solstice steps in Lakewood
I've completed the New Hampshire portion of the Appalachian trail.
Sponsor: Audrey & Kenny Koblitz Hometown: Born in Howell, MI, raised in Cuyahoga Falls, OH Favorite Pops Concert: There have been many! But, “To reach the unreachable stars”. It was really an ambitious program, and it had so many additional moving parts. Everyone rose to the occasion. Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: I love Cleveland. Walking around the neighborhoods, and especially checking out some of the many incredible restaurants and haunts.
Would rather see a bad movie than a good one. Love to exercise.
Sponsor: Linda Melsher, in memory of Gary Melsher
Hometown: Elyria, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: The Armed Forces Concert in May. My father and many of my uncles served in World War II and I am always grateful for a chance to honor their service to their country.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: I like to explore the many different kinds of restaurants in Cleveland, as well as shopping at the West Side Market. I also enjoy spending time in the Metroparks with my wife and sons.
My oldest son and I are in a short film made for the Cleveland Clinic about empathy. The video went viral and has been viewed over 5 million times. I also have a percussion duo named duo Anime that has a Facebook account.
Sponsor: Judy & Russ Grindon
Principal Drum Set
Sponsor: Thompson Hine, LLP Hometown: Canton, OH Favorite Pops Concert: Sinatra because of the great combination of a big band with the orchestra and the John Williams shows because of the all the great snare parts Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Play in the Pops and the CJO!
I am a WWII history buff!
Concertmaster, First Violin
Mary Beth Ions
Sponsor: Carolyn & Dr. Edward Gabelman Hometown: Cleveland, OH Favorite Pops Concert: I love each one! Every time I think, "wow, I DO believe that was my favorite Pops concert" the next one comes along and I say the SAME thing again! Favorite Thing To Do in Cleveland: I love to walk in our beautiful MetroParks, enjoy the huge variety of wonderful restaurants, and visit the Museum of Art. Of course I love playing my violin in diverse venues from MetroHealth Hospital to weddings on the Lake Erie shore! It's a special joy to play on-stage at Severance Hall with our beloved Pops.
I've traveled to almost every country in the EU. Malta is next and will complete the list!
Sponsor: Alice Lang in memory of Bruce Lang
Sponsor: Blair Mooney
Sponsor: Sally & Don Messinger
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Favorite Pops Concert: The New Years Eve Concert.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Go to Edgewater Beach (when it's warm!).
I met my husband in eighth grade orchestra!
Sponsor: Nancey & Roger Wallace
Hometown: Vienna, WV Favorite Pops Concert: Daniel Rodriguez Memorial Day concert. My husband is a firefighter so we've appreciated Rodriguez since 9/11. Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Walk and enjoy the Metroparks, from Edgewater to the Emerald Necklace
I met Charlton Heston at Colorado Philharmonic concert at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC!
Hometown: Severna Park, MD
I got my B.M from Oberlin Conservatory, and M.M. from New England Conservatory
Hometown: Okemos, MI Favorite Pops Concert: Capathia Jenkins concert last year when the entire audience stood up and sang/danced to "I will survive" Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Visiting the many amazing museums we have with my kids
In my spare time I love cooking, hiking in the metroparks and watching basketball.
Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH Favorite Pops Concert: A Comedy Tonight, followed by all the John Williams concerts Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Sunsets at Clifton Beach
I spent a year studying violin in Paris, France at age 21. I also learned to drink wine and espresso.
Hometown: Poland, Ohio (near Youngstown, Ohio)
Favorite Pops Concert: Most memorable (maybe not my favorite!!)Cleveland Pops Concert: There was a Halloween/Harvest concert about five years ago in October at the 9th street pier and park. It rained so hard we had to huddle in our cars. Somehow, the show still happened and Carl appeared in his Superman costume. I still have to laugh when I think of that day.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Visit the Museum of Art
I like to be outdoors. I enjoy backyard gardening, watching the birds at our feeders and walking in the Poland Woods (a local area for hiking).
Sponsor: Justin & Keili Mistovich
Hometown: Centennial, Colorado Favorite Pops Concert: Tribute to John Williams Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Ride the Rails with my son Ben in Cuyahoga Valley National Park!
My youth orchestra in Denver -- the Denver Young Artists Orchestra -- was founded by Carl Topilow!
Sponsor: Pearl Josephs
Sponsors: David and Julie Borsani in memory of Marissa Borsani Hometown: Parma, OH Favorite Pops Concert: All John Williams concerts Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Going to the Metroparks
I play exclusively on Luis & Clark Carbon Fiber Instruments.
Sponsor: Philip Lloyd Hometown: East Cleveland Favorite Pops Concert: Military salute concerts Favorite Thing to do: Ski, bike, canoe, eat out with friends
I started playing because my parents watched the Lawrence Welk Show and their cellist always seemed to be smiling. At a six year old that was my main concern so I asked for a cello for my seventh birthday.
Sponsor: Audrey & Albert Ratner
Hometown: Belleville, Illinois
Favorite Pops Concert: The concert featuring guest artist Joan Hess. I'm a huge fan of the TV show Flight of the Conchords and Joan had appeared as a fleeting love interest in one of the first episodes.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Hiking in any of in the Cleveland Metroparks.
I grew up on a farm and was the Illinois Junior Grange Princess in 1966.
Sponsor: Kim & Ed Moore Hometown: Lakewood, OH Favorite Pops Concert: When we played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and I had to act as though I'd been hit by a baseball thrown by Carl. I screamed and fell off my stool. Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Skiing at Boston Mills in the winter and walking by Lake Erie in the summer.
I am a DAR, Daughter of the American Revolution. My ancestor, Sampson Matthews, rode with Washington at the Battle of Yorktown
String and Electric Bass
Hometown: Newton Falls, Ohio (Braceville Township to be specific)
Favorite Pops Concert: I like all the Pops concerts. It’s a privilege performing with such a great group.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Go to an Indians game.
I am an avid fisherman, particularly for smallmouth bass.
Hometown: Paradise Valley, AZ
Favorite Pops Concert: All of them. I love how the Pops provides a wide range of musical genres and they are always engaging. The most moving moment ever was after 9/11, at the end of the concert, every audience member stood and sang “God Bless America” as we played. That was probably my most memorable moment ever as a musician because of the connection between the audience and the musicians as well as current events and it’s relevancy in the concert hall.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Walk the metroparks! They are incredible.