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Meet Florida Orchestra member ... Thomas Kennedy, violin

With the orchestra since: 1980

I'm originally from: a large musical family in Bowling Green, Ohio

Age I started studying my instrument: 9

My favorite piece to play on my instrument: Yankee Doodle

Favorite places in Tampa Bay: the boardwalks in Lettuce Lake Park in northeast Tampa, House of Siam family kitchen in St. Pete, the Messianic Synagogue in South Tampa, the Henry B. Plant Museum at UT and backstage at Mahaffey (even though the men's shower curtains are a foot too short)

The items I always have in my fridge and why: sharp cheddar, eggs, Raisin Bran, whole grain bread, fruit, coffee. For a great breakfast each day.

Career path if I hadn't chosen music: My attorney-uncle offered to send me to law school because I liked to argue.

Best compliment at a concert: Not my violin playing. During intermission, a guy in the viola section asked me how it felt to be sitting beside "the most beautiful girl in the orchestra." I could have kissed him.

The question I'm asked most often about my instrument: "You mean you actually get paid to play that thing?" (Were he living, my dad might still be asking "When are you going to get a real job?")

Come fly with the Florida Orchestra in a tribute to Sinatra and band sounds of Tommy Dorsey. The set list doesn't disappoint, with I've Got You Under My Skin, Fly Me to the Moon, I've Got the World on a String and New York, New York. Plus, the guest artists are like a who's who in the jazz world: conductor Jeff Tyzik, James Pugh on trombone, Steve Lippia on vocals and Dave Mancini on drums. They've worked with the likes of Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson and Chuck Mangione. The concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (813) 229-7827.

Meet Florida Orchestra member ... Thomas Kennedy, violin 11/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 3:30am]
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