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Artist Q&A: Rosanne Cash


Grammy winner Rosanne Cash will perform at the Center May 7 with John Leventhal and her band and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra for an evening of unforgettable music. Cash recently provided some insight into her performance, what she enjoys most and why performing with an orchestra is unique in this Artist Q&A.

Photo by Clay Patrick McBride

Photo by Clay Patrick McBride

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
 Wife, mom, singer, songwriter.

2. What inspired you to become a performer?
 It was a natural step from songwriting.

3. I can’t travel without my…Tea and honey.

4. My favorite thing to do in my spare time is…Stay away from airports.

5. When someone asks me for career advice I like to tell them…If you just want to become famous, don’t do it. If you can’t live without making music, then I wish you all the luck in the world.

6. My favorite part about performing is…When I get out of my own way and am in service of the song.

7. We are excited to see your performance along with your band and our symphony. Why do you chose to perform with local symphonies? What does it add to your music?
I love the added dimension of full orchestra, and I just like playing with great musicians. 

8. What’s the biggest challenge of performing with local symphonies?
The same challenge when you play with any new musician – you have to work towards each other, to find your mutual best expression of the song.

9. What can people expect when they see your show May 7?
That I’ll be fully present, honored and excited. 


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