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Meet your Florida Orchestra members . . . Anna Kate Mackle, principal harp

With the orchestra since: 1999

I'm originally from: New York City

Age I started studying my instrument: 11 (I started piano at 5, violin at 9)

My iPod's usually playing: When I am at home I love to listen to Baroque music. I don't listen to an iPod unless I am running, and then it needs to be really loud and really rhythmic. I am currently training for my fourth marathon, and my current favorites are Nine Inch Nails and Eminem.

I'm an expert at: Making to-do lists

But I'm really lousy at: Remembering where I put my to-do lists

Career path if I hadn't chosen music: Psychology or law

Some little-known, yet interesting fact about me: My full name is Anna Katherine Alexandra Mackle

Funniest concert moment: About 10 years ago we performed a run-out concert. The celeste player was next to me on stage, and she was sitting on two chairs stacked on top of one another. During the soft movement in Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, the Berceuse, she leaned forward to play and the chairs collapsed into each other and made a big noise and she lurched forward. Relieved that she wasn't hurt, we both started giggling, and after a minute she stopped, but for some reason I couldn't. It got to the point where tears were rolling down my face and I was shaking. I have to play soft, rhythmic harmonics throughout that movement, and I had to just keep playing, even though I was shaking and crying.

The question I'm asked most often about my instrument: "Don't you wish you played the piccolo?" My answer is always: "Yes."

Meet your Florida Orchestra members . . . Anna Kate Mackle, principal harp 11/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 3:30am]
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