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 tampabay.com/things-to-do.)
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.