Laurie Brown Kennedy has been principal violist and frequent soloist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra since 1981. She was the featured soloist with the PSO in 1997 for the More
Margaret Ann Metcalf, String Bass
Where did you grow up? Atlanta, GA.
Where do you currently live? Portland, ME.
What instruments do you play? String Bass.
Educational background: Boston University, B. Mus.; University of Massachusetts/Boston, MS (CS); Alexander Schneider Christmas String Seminar (New York String Orchestra); Boston University Tanglewood Institute; Brevard Music Center; Eastern Music Festival.
How did you get started in music? I began playing string bass as part of an Atlanta public schools string program.
What’s your favorite PSO memory to date? Can’t list just one. Top 4 would be: 1. First Concert playing Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Bruce Hangen, 2. Bringing my Parents to Portland for “Magic” shortly before my father died, 3. 9/11 Memorial Concert and 4. Mahler Symphony No. 2 with Robert Moody.
What is the question you’re asked most often when you tell people you play with the PSO? “How I feel about Robert Moody leaving and what do I think about the Conductor Candidates.”
Any non-musical hobbies? Swimming, knitting, reading. I have swam Peaks to Portland (2.4 mi) four times and I have participated as a relay swimmer in a Tri For a Cure 5 times (twice with PSO violist Kim Lehman and once with both Kim and regular PSO sub Jill Fratianne)
What is your favorite music? What are you currently listening to? I really do not like being asked what is my (one) favorite piece of music. It varies with my mood. Also, there is some music where my like / dislike is dependent on the quality of the performance. For example, I love Beethoven Symphonies but only if they are played well.
Contact Info for potential students: (e) margaret.metcalf at mindspring.com
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