20 Questions on the 20th featuring William Caballero

French horn master William Caballero

It’s time for February’s 20 questions on the 20th!

Here’s Bill Caballero, Principal Horn of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra:

Started playing horn at age:
9

First private teacher?
Mr Dunnam. A trombone player.

Favorite composer?
Prokofiev

Favorite piece?
El Niño, John Adams.

Most memorable concert?
10/89 Mahler 7th with Maazel in Warsaw Poland.

Most embarrassing moment on stage?
Playing 1st [Wagner]tuben on Bruckner 7 after working out my abs. Haven’t worked out since.

If you could not play the horn, what other instrument would you choose?
Pipe Organ.

Favorite excerpt?
One I played well!

Least favorite excerpt?
Ravel piano concerto in G.

Mountains or Beach?
Mountains

Cats or Dogs?
Both!!

F horn or C horn?
F please!

Treble clef or Bass clef?
Treble

Would you rather play Ravel’s Piano Concerto OR Shostakovich 5?
SHOSTAKOVICH!!

Beer or wine?
Both!!

On the leg or off the leg?
Off the keg, I mean off the leg.

Kopprasch or Kling?
Kopprasch

Would you rather be stranded on a desert island with a saxophone or trumpet player?
Trumpet player. (They’re funnier.)

Favorite movie score?
The Matrix and the new Star Trek.

“Stars and Stripes” or “Washington Post”?
Stars and Stripes!!

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