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Meet your Florida Orchestra members … Lei Liu, first violin

Position: second assistant concertmaster

With the orchestra since: 1995

I'm originally from: China

Age I started studying my instrument: 10

My favorite piece to play on my instrument: scales and arpeggios

My iPod's usually playing: audiobooks

I'm an expert at: eating good food

But I'm really lousy at: cooking

Career path if I hadn't chosen music: I like history and would like to be educated as a history professor.

Funniest concert moment: As a 12 year old on stage playing a recital, a mosquito stung me on the back of my neck. I doubled the speed of what I was playing and afterward got praised by the teacher, and the accompanist apologized because he couldn't keep up with me.

Pick the person you most want to make googly eyes at and make your move with this evening of romantic music from the likes of Barry White, Cole Porter, Dolly Parton, Henry Mancini and Barry Manilow. And for a bonus, you get conductor Steven Reineke, music director of the venerable New York Pops. Shows are 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. floridaorchestra.org. $15-$45.

Meet your Florida Orchestra members … Lei Liu, first violin

01/18/12 [Last modified: Monday, March 4, 2013 5:43pm]

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