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Meet your Florida Orchestra member: Linda Gaines, violin

With the orchestra since: 1982

Where you're originally from: Spartanburg, S.C.

Age I started studying my instrument: I started piano at age 6 and violin at age 12. I could not resist the sound of the violin, so I practiced my fingers off to catch up, often until 2 a.m.

Favorite date night place to eat out: I love Parkshore Grill in St. Petersburg.

I'm an expert at: losing documents in cyberspace.

But I'm really lousy at: cooking and stopping the smoke alarm when I attempt to cook. Again, you'll find me at Parkshore Grill.

Dream vacation: Great Britain. Hayling Island and Oxford to visit my beloved friends and teacher. Then the rest of the country. I love the people, the rich history and the beautiful countryside.

Career if I hadn't chosen music: medical research, with emphasis on homeopathy.

Hobbies and interests: Theology, yoga to keep in shape and home improvement projects, though I'm not very good at them.

Some little-known yet interesting fact about you: I was a dancer and acrobat from age 4 to 17. I studied with a teacher who trained many of the Rockettes. But nature has a sense of humor. I did not grow tall enough to become a Rockette.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument: Because of the shape of the case, I am asked "Is that a machine gun?" Before 9/11 my answer was "Yes." After 9/11, I answer "No."

Meet your Florida Orchestra member: Linda Gaines, violin 05/11/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 5:30am]

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