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On That Note: The Art Of Performance

Wolfgang Gauch

Lake Effect's monthly On That Note series with contributor and cellist Robert Cohen examines the life of a working, professional, classical musician.

This month, Bonnie North talks with cellist Robert Cohen about taking on the performance platform itself. He shares both his success stories and his scares, both have which taught him valuable lessons.

"The feeling of being on the platform...of playing and not being in control and not really knowing what I was doing was just terrible, and it was terrifying, and it was so negative that I swore to myself this would never ever happen again," Cohen says. "And I have to say it hasn't really ever happened again. I just make sure that my preparation is such that I can get on a platform and say, 'I'm calm and I know what to do.' But having said that, I think it is a very complicated process."

Lake Effect contributor Robert Cohen is an award-winning recording artist, conductor, artistic director and cellist for the Fine Arts Quartet

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Audrey is a producer, host and reporter for Lake Effect. She is involved with every aspect of the show — from conducting interviews, editing audio, posting web stories and mixing the show together.
Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.
For 35 years one of the worlds leading cello soloist, Robert Cohen is an award-winning recording artist, conductor, artistic director and pedagogue who has been broadcast on TV and radio throughout the world. His passionate views on the art of learning, performing and communicating music have been widely published.