Meet Florida Orchestra member Erika Shrauger, assistant principal clarinet

Age: 43

With the orchestra since: 1991

Where you are originally from: Buffalo, N.Y.

Age I started studying my instrument: 9

My iPod's usually playing: A Zencast podcast, Imogen Heap's Hide and Seek

Last book I read was: The Global Forest by Diana Beresford-Kroeger

I'm an expert at: traveling off the map and out of cell phone range

But I'm really lousy at: wearing a dress

Some little-known, yet interesting fact about you: First, I can eat A LOT! People sometimes ask me where I put it all. And second, I dislike wearing shoes. If it weren't for the orchestra's dress code I would play barefoot.

Dream vacation: New Zealand

Hobbies and interests: kayaking, hiking, camping, interior design, world politics, food and wine

Funniest concert moment: During the quietist moment of an outdoor opera performance, I experienced an aerial assault by a 4-inch-long member of the roach family. For about 15 minutes I had to play, very softly, while it flew around my head, crawled up and down my back and finally came to rest on my right shoulder.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument: Why do you always have two clarinets? It's not in case one of them breaks. Many symphonic works call for clarinets pitched in both B-flat and A, so all professional clarinetists have at least one of each.

. Florida Orchestra:

Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3

Pianist Lilya Zilberstein performs the lush melodies and thundering chords of the Rachmaninoff piece. The program also includes Sibelius' Symphony No. 7 as well as his tone poem En Saga. There will be a preconcert conversation one hour beforehand. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $20-$67. (727) 892-3337.

Meet Florida Orchestra member Erika Shrauger, assistant principal clarinet 04/13/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 5:30am]

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