Lobby Talk

It has been a longstanding tradition with NCC for our performers to mingle with our audiences after each concert.  We haven’t been able to mingle lately.  So, we created Lobby TalkIt’s our virtual way to  connect you with our performers by asking them some question.  Some serious, some not so serious!  We’ll be sharing them with you throughout the coming months in our monthly newsletter and on our Facebook page.

This week in Lobby Talk – Singing in the shower.

So, does Jim Kosnik, renowned concert organist and frequent guest artist, sing in the shower?  Let’s find out!


Norfolk Chamber Consort – Hi Jim.  What other musical instruments do you play? 
Jim Cosnik – Piano, harpsichord, organ.

NCC – Why did you choose to play the piano and then the organ? 
JK – Not a clue! At the age of 12 my Pastor heard me play the piano; he then hired me as the Parish organist in 1963.

NCC – How old were you when you started playing the piano? 
JK – Badgered my parents for a piano when I was 7 years old; when my Mother died in 2000, that very same piano was moved into my Office at Old Dominion University; I practice on it every day and think about my wonderful deceased parents.

NCC – Who is your favorite composer? Least favorite composer? 
JK – As a Concert Organist, it must be Johann Sebastian Bach. Not much of a fan of music by Percy Grainger.

NCC – What is your favorite piece to play? 
JK – Bach’s “Fantasia & Fugue in G Minor”.

NCC – Do you sing in the shower? What do you sing?
JK – Yes! The Doors and The Rolling Stones.  And, I sing in my car, too!

 
Thanks for letting listen in again, Jim!  We’ll catch up with you soon.
 
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Welcome back to Lobby Talk. Look! There’s Todd Holcomb, the guitarist from Duo Thalassa. Let’s see what Todd has to say –

NCC – What other musical instruments do you play?

TH – I can play piano, but I spend all of my time at the guitar these days. If it has strings and frets I can figure out enough to fool you.

NCC – Why did you choose to play the guitar?

TH – Like most people, I thought the guitar was cool! I bought a guitar from my neighbor’s garage sale and never looked back.

NCC – How old were you when you started playing the guitar?

TH – Eleven.

NCC – Who is your favorite composer?

TH – Beethoven is my favorite and yours as well!

NCC – Least favorite composer?

TH – Fernando Sor never fails to bore me to tears.

NCC – What is your favorite piece to play?

TH – Quatre pièces brèves by Frank Martin.

NCC – What is the most challenging piece you’ve come across?

TH – Sonata para Guitarra by Roberto Sierra.

NCC – Name your three favorite musical genre?

TH – Progressive Metal, 60s and 70s Prog Rock, and Classical of course!

Thanks for the quick chat, Todd. We’ll catch up with you a little later. We can ‘pick’ up where we left off! See what we did there?

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It’s time for another installment of Lobby Talk! This week, let’s listen in on one of our board members, frequent guest artist, and renowned organists, Jim Kosnik:

Norfolk Chamber Consort: What is your favorite piece to play?

Jim Kosnik: Bach’s “Fantasia & Fugue in G Minor”

NCC: What is the most challenging piece you’ve come across?

JK: Bach’s “Fantasia & Fugue in G Minor”

NCC: LOL! We see what you did there, Jim!

NCC: Name your three favorite musical genre –

JK: Orchestral/Symphonic; organ; piano

NCC: What inspires you, musically?

JK: Originality; vision; passion; virtuosity

NCC: If you could collaborate with any musician, past or present, who would it be?

JK: E. Power Biggs, and Buxtehude

NCC: Thanks for letting us listen in, Jim. We’re headed to the bar for a glass of wine, and we’ll check back with you a little later…

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It’s time for another edition of Lobby Talk!

This week, flautist and our Associate Artistic Director, Wayla Chambo, joins us in the lobby. Let’s listen in to see what Wayla has to say –

NCC: What other musical instruments do you play?

Wayla Chambo: Others in the flute family: piccolo, alto flute, bass flute. I studied a bit of piano in school, and have taken a few voice lessons, but flute has always been my primary instrument.

NCC: Why did you choose to play the flute?

WC: My older sister played the flute for a little while and we still had the instrument; when I became interested in music lessons, my parents suggested that I try the flute. We found a wonderful teacher and the rest is history.

NCC: How old were you when you started playing the?

WC: I was nine.

NCC: Who is your favorite composer?

WC: Tough to choose! But it’s hard to beat Bach!

NCC: What is your favorite piece to play?

WC: It depends on the day and the season… I like playing music that challenges me and that I feel an expressive connection with.

Join us next week for more Lobby Talk!

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So, here we go!  Let’s see what our Artistic Co-Directors, Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn, had to say…

NCC – What other musical instruments do you play?

AK – Organ and harpsichord.

OL – Organ, harpsichord.

NCC – Why did you choose to play the piano?

AK – To keep up with Oksana.

OL – My older sister played it.

NCC – How old were you when you started playing the piano?

AK – Seven; I also tried the violin.  Apparently, I hated it so much that my parents pulled the plug on those lessons!

OL – Eight.

NCC – Who is your favorite composer?  

AKNone

OL – I like Scriabin, Kasparov.

NCC – Least favorite composer?

AK – Too many to name.  

OL – I don’t like Phillip Glass.

So, stayed tuned for more Lobby Talk!

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