20 Questions on the 20th featuring William Caballero

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

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

  1. Started playing horn at age:
    • 9
  2. First private teacher?
    • Mr Dunnam. A trombone player.
  3. Favorite composer?
    • Prokofiev
  4. Favorite piece?
    • El Niño, John Adams.
  5. Most memorable concert?
    • 10/89 Mahler 7th with Maazel in Warsaw Poland.
  6. Most embarrassing moment on stage?
    • Playing 1st [Wagner]tuben on Bruckner 7 after working out my abs. Haven’t worked out since.
  7. If you could not play the horn, what other instrument would you choose?
    • Pipe Organ.
  8. Favorite excerpt?
    • One I played well!
  9. Least favorite excerpt?
    • Ravel piano concerto in G.
  10. Mountains or Beach?
    • Mountains
  11. Cats or Dogs?
    • Both!!
  12. F horn or C horn?
    • F please!
  13. Treble clef or Bass clef?
    • Treble
  14. Would you rather play Ravel’s Piano Concerto OR Shostakovich 5?
    • SHOSTAKOVICH!!
  15. Beer or wine?
    • Both!!
  16. On the leg or off the leg?
    • Off the keg, I mean off the leg.
  17. Kopprasch or Kling?
    • Kopprasch
  18. Would you rather be stranded on a desert island with a saxophone or trumpet player?
    • Trumpet player. (They’re funnier)
  19. Favorite movie score?
    • The Matrix and the new Star Trek.
  20. “Stars and Stripes” or “Washington Post”?
    • Stars and Stripes!!

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