Our Musicians

Kyra Kester
Flute

Sponsor: Laura & Vincent Panichi

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Thomas Moore
Principal Oboe

Sponsor: Ann Marie Hawkins

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Louis Gangale
Principal Clarinet

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!
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Roberto Iriarte
Principal Bassoon
Renee Anthony Dee
Bassoon
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Kent Larmee
Principal Horn

Sponsor: Gordon Leigh Petitt

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Ken Wadenpfuhl
Horn

Sponsor: Dominic A. Visconsi

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Gary Davis
Principal Trumpet

Sponsor: Sandy & Jeff Brausch

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Larry Herman
Trumpet

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.

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Jack Schantz
Trumpet

Sponsor: Shirley Morgenstern
Hometown: Orville, OH 
Favorite Pops Concert: All are fun and challenging in different ways

Hobbies include: gardening, billiards, driving vintage Porsche, military history
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Paul Ferguson
Principal Trombone

Sponsors: David H. Green
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.
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Scott Garlock
Trombone

Sponsor: Audrey & Kenny Koblitz

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Paul Hungerford
Bass Trombone

Sponsor: Linda Melsher, in memory of Gary Melsher

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Gary Adams
Tuba

Sponsor: Maria DeRyke & Peter Bruce

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Andrew Pongracz
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Jim Rupp
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!
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Bruce Golden
Percussion

Sponsor: Judy & Russ Grindon

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Carol Ruzicka
Concertmaster

Sponsor: Medical Mutual

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Mary Beth Ions
Violin I

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.

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Donna Bartlett Jelen
Violin I

Sponsor: Alice Lang in memory of Bruce Lang

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Violin I

Sponsor: Randy & Charles Wien

Leslie Braidech
Violin I

Sponsor: Wolf Investors, LLC

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Cory Smith
Violin I
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Priscilla Eva
Principal Second Violin

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.
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Lisa Goldman
Violin II

Sponsor: Sally & Don Messinger

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Liesl Hook-Langmack
Violin II

Sponsor: Blair Mooney

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Nancy Patterson
Violin II

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!
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Amy Cave
Violin

Hometown: Cleveland Heights, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: The Broadway Legacy Concert
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Go to an Indians Game!

I have traveled to 33 countries
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Emily Cornelius
Violin

Hometown: Severna Park, MD

I got my B.M from Oberlin Conservatory, and M.M. from New England Conservatory
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Rachel Huch
Violin

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.
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Marcia Ferritto
Principal Viola

Sponsor: Justin & Keili Mistovich

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Lara Roberts Dudack
Viola

Sponsor: Pearl Josephs

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Alexandra Vago
Viola

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.
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Daniel Heim
Viola

Sponsor: Drs. Jeannette & Glenn Brown
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!
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Kent Collier
Principal Cello

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.
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Gayle Klaber
Cello

Sponsor: Audrey & Albert Ratner

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Linda Atherton
Cello

Sponsor: David & Julie Borsani, in memory of Marcela Borsani

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Susan Bestul
Cello

Sponsor: Florence Chelm

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Ann Gilbert
Principal Bass

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
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Sara Schaft
Violin

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).
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Tim Powell
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.
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Mary Kay Robinson
Principal Flute

Hometown: Camillus, New York

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.
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Ben Chen
Clarinet

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.
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