Meet the Florida Orchestra: Andrew Karr, French horn

With the orchestra since: 2008

Originally from: Boston (Brookline), Mass.

Education: The Curtis Institute of Music

Age I started studying my instrument: Piano at 5, horn at 9

Favorite date night place to eat out (in Tampa Bay): La Teresita for casual, South Howard strip or Ybor City for fun.

Last book I read was: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

An offbeat fact about you: I speak four languages proficiently and many more poorly. I have traveled to and performed in 30 different countries.

Funniest concert moment: The time in the Philippines where I was playing at a massive sports arena for a Concert for World Peace. The producers thought it would be a nice touch to release seven white doves of peace while the orchestra was playing. One of them promptly flew over and "blessed" my tuxedo.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): 1) Q. Why do you stick your hand in the bell? A. So we don't sound like a trombone! 2) Q. Why is it called a French horn if it's not French? A. Because the Brits think that anything with nice curves must be French.

Meet the Florida Orchestra: Andrew Karr, French horn 10/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 5:30am]

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