In Sunday’s (5/9) Post Standard (Syracuse, New York), Jennifer Luzzo writes, “For many, music is an enjoyment; for some, music is a passion; and for a few, music is life. Michael Winter, principal French horn in the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra has dedicated most of his life to his music. Winter has music in his genes. Both his father and grandfather were professional musicians. His grandfather, a French horn player, offered Winter a custom-crafted French horn when he was 11. Winter jumped on the chance to take up horn with his grandfather. … While studying at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Winter found himself with a solid freelance schedule, performing at the Boston Ballet, Longwood Symphony, the Boston Pops and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. … Winter joined the orchestra for the 2008-2009 season as principal horn. He has enjoyed the change from hard and fast gigging to a full-time orchestra job. This week, he wraps up his second season with the orchestra and looks forward to the SSO’s 50th anniversary season. … To finish off this season, Winter will be playing his all-time favorite piece, Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird.’ ”

Posted May 13, 2010