1. Walk us through a typical day in your shoes.
    I’m usually up quite early and I spend my mornings reading news and articles of arts-related topics from around the world while listening to NPR’s Morning Edition and State of Nevada. This is followed by responding to emails for about an hour. I occasionally will have morning rehearsals, but if not, I will exercise or listen to music until lunch. My wife and I normally work from home, which allows us to always have lunch together. I then spend the afternoon studying music. My evenings will either be spent with my wife, or I’ll have rehearsals or concerts, depending on my schedule.
  2. Have you ever purchased any As Seen on TV items?
    No, but I’d like a shot at pretending to be one of those over-the-top salesmen on those infomercials.
  3. If you could destroy a grade-school photo of yourself, what year would it be and why?
    I don’t have any problems with photos from my youth. They remind me of how much we change while growing into an adult and this is always inspiring to me.
  4. While grocery shopping, what is your stick-in-the-cart-when-no-one-is-looking item?
    Blue corn tortilla chips. I can’t leave a grocery store without buying them.
  5. If we were to look through your device, what is on your hit list or playlist or favorite app?
    Right now I’m listening to: Bon Iver’s 22, A Million; Schubert piano sonatas played by Paul Lewis; Jim Hall’s Concierto and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Shahen-Shah.
  6. Do you ever play “tourist” in Vegas? If so, what is your favorite thing to do?
    Not really, but I do love to find the newest, local restaurant. I have a thing against anything that isn’t locally owned.
  7. What do you do to unwind and relax?
    I watch movies with my wife.
  8. Does anyone ever mistake you for someone else?
    Yes. I’ve been mistaken for Hugh Grant and David Letterman, neither of whom I think I share any resemblance whatsoever.

The Great 8 Donato

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6_9_15_donato_kabik-63Donato Cabrera is the music director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the California Symphony. Upcoming concerts in Las Vegas include Home for the Holidays with Rita Moreno, Cabrera Conducts Beethoven & Mozart, Cabrera Conducts Dvořák and Cabrera Conducts the Music of John Williams. Tickets are available from The Smith Center Box Office, by calling 702.749.2000 or at lvphil.org.