Backstage Pass: Kari Kistler
We recently caught up with Kari Kistler, Second Oboe and English Horn. Kari is new to the CSO, joining us just last season. Prior to her appointment, she was a Fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.
How are you spending your time this summer?
I drove up to New England to teach at New England Music Camp
for a month. During my time in Maine, I managed to get in a few spectacular hikes, including a beautiful day on Mt. Katahdin
, across the Knife’s Edge to Baxter Peak. Following that, I drove back down to Virginia, spent 2 weeks hiking the Appalachian Trail and visiting friends. Finally, I embarked on an even longer road trip out to Brainerd, MN to play with the Lakes Area Music Festival.
Kari at Mt. Katahdin
How is Summer 2012 different from previous summers?
Like other summers, I’ve put thousands of miles on my car; however this is the first time I’ve headed west to play music.
If you could choose anything, how would you want to spend your summer?
I would love to spend a summer in one place, gardening in my own organic garden that I cultivated all spring. Alas, this will not happen for many more years.
What’s your favorite summertime memory from your childhood?
I grew up swimming on my local swim team (go Sharks!) and I used to live at the pool. I would wake up for swim practice at 8am, go home to eat breakfast, return to the pool at 11am when it opened for the day, stay until dinner, and then usually return with my dad and sister for a post-dinner swim. Ah those care-free days!
What music have you been listening to lately?
What are your favorite things to do in Charleston?
I love the Charleston Beer Exchange
! It’s one of the best craft beer shops I’ve found anywhere. I also love the giant Whole Foods that we have. I’m also looking forward to seeing more independent movies at the Terrace Theater.
And finally, what are you most looking forward to in the 2012-13 CSO Season?
I am really looking forward to playing the second Masterworks concert in November.
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