A:"I like to kid myself and say I like everything. I really try to psyche myself into thinking that what we're playing is the best piece ever written. You can't think, 'I can't wait to get to the next one because it's my favorite.' Otherwise, you don't enjoy it. I think living in the moment is the goal of any musician.
"I sound like Pollyanna, but I love to communicate music, and every one of the pieces we play is going to be the favorite of somebody in the audience. It's a real pleasure for me to bring them that and an honor."
Q: Is it too soon to wonder what next year's theme is?
A:"I'm pretty sure that the president-in-waiting probably has a theme in mind. That said, last year president, Missy Rubin, had a theme in mind last year, and it wasn't ,New York, New York.,"
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.
Symphony Sunday schedule
3 p.m.: Mountain State Brass Band
3:40 p.m.: Charleston Metro Band
4:20 p.m.: B-Ties
5 p.m.: Brass Band of the Tri-State
5:40 p.m.: Kanawha Valley Community Band
6:20 p.m.: West Virginia Youth Symphony
8 p.m.: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (featuring a finale with fireworks)
3 p.m.: Kickoff with children's costume parade and lemonade reception
3-6 p.m.: Children's activities
3 to 8 p.m.: Artisan Tent and Book Nook4:40 p.m.: Kanawha Kordsmen performance in Artisan Tent