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Meet your Florida Orchestra members . . . Clay Ellerbroek, principal flutist, and hear the orchestra this weekend

With the orchestra since: 2008

Where you are originally from: Grand Rapids, Mich.

Education: Interlochen Arts Academy, New England Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music

Age I started studying my instrument: 13

My iPod's usually playing: lots and lots of podcasts and audiobooks

Last book I read was: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I'm an expert at: sudoku

But I'm really lousy at: crossword puzzles

Dream vacation: I am planning a trip to South America.

Career path if I hadn't chosen music: something in the culinary arts, perhaps a catering company or my own restaurant

Some little-known, yet interesting, fact about you: My parents owned a roller-skating rink when I was growing up. I like to joke that I grew up on eight wheels.

Funniest concert moment: I was performing a Holiday Pops show one year and at the very end of the show there was to be a light "snow" coming down on the stage. On the very first night the bag holding all the snow for the entire weekend accidentally ripped open and dumped onto the orchestra like a blizzard. I was finding tiny bits of prop snow in my bag for years after the incident.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument: "Flutist or flautist?" I prefer flutist, but either is fine.

Pianist Stewart Goodyear likes a challenge. Last year the Toronto native performed all 32 of Beethoven's piano sonatas in nine recitals at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. That's about 10 hours of some of the most challenging music ever written.

This weekend he tackles something totally different: Gershwin's jazz-influenced Concerto in F with the Florida Orchestra. The concerto might sound familiar from last year's Vancouver Olympics. Gold medal winner Kim Yu-Na of South Korea skated to elements of it during her long program.

Another highlight of this weekend's program is Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov's Siderus, a chamber orchestra piece commissioned by a consortium of 35 American orchestras to honor Henry Fogel, former president of the League of American Orchestras. It will be conducted by Mihaela Cesa-Goje, a winner of the 2009 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Baltimore Symphony music director Marin Alsop to "encourage talented women conductors at the beginning of their professional careers.''

Music director Stefan Sanderling will be on the podium for the Gershwin concerto and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8.

Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at Ferguson Hall of the Straz Center, Tampa, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $20-$67, with student tickets for $10. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286; floridaorchestra.org.

The orchestra will give a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Branscom Auditorium of Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland. (863) 680-4296.

John Fleming, Times Performing Arts Critic

Meet your Florida Orchestra members . . . Clay Ellerbroek, principal flutist, and hear the orchestra this weekend 02/16/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 4, 2013 5:49pm]

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