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Meet your Florida Orchestra members … Jeff Multer, violin, concertmaster

Florida Orchestra concertmaster Jeff Multer will perform Tchaikovsky's rhapsodic Violin Concerto in this all-Tchaikovsky program, which also features Symphony No. 2. Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center 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. Don't forget there's a preconcert conversation one hour before the show. $20-$67. (727) 892-3337. As part of our series of orchestra profiles, Multer took a few moments to tell us more about himself. (For more mini profiles, see

Age: classified

With the orchestra since: 2006

Where you're originally from: Buffalo, N.Y.

Education: The Juilliard School

Age I started studying my instrument: 5

If I weren't doing this, I'd be: getting bounced out of the first round of American Idol

Favorite date night place to eat out: Armani's in Tampa

My iPod's usually playing: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pink Floyd or Bach

Last book I read was: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Well okay, I listened to it in the car during a very long trip.

Rays, Bucs or Lightning? Lightning

I'm an expert at: sleeping late

But I'm really lousy at: housework

Dream vacation: most anywhere with mountains

Career path if I hadn't chosen music: There were other choices? Now you tell me.

Hobbies and interests: running, hiking, cooking

Some little-known, yet interesting fact about you: No such thing anymore. It's all on the Internet.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument: What's in the case? Answer: fishin' rod.

Meet your Florida Orchestra members … Jeff Multer, violin, concertmaster 01/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:30am]
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