In Monday’s (3/30) Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pierre Ruhe writes, “Tuesday night in Clarkston, three generations of Pinders—Harold the grandfather, Howard the father and 13-year-old grandson James—will perform in the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra. Harold, a retired Dunwoody engineer and double-bassist, has played in community orchestras most of his life. At 45, Howard is an electrical engineer for Cisco. He played with the DSO years ago and recently returned to his seat in the first violin section. James, a skilled pianist and a budding composer, is in the orchestra’s second violin section, the youngest member in DSO history.” But the Pinders don’t think genetics are the key. Harold Pinder, 78, “accepts some genetic credit, but emphasizes that ‘the exposure to music brings out things in people that they don’t get otherwise—an aptitude only takes you so far.’ Hosting regular family dinners where piano duets are the entertainment after dessert, the senior Pinder calls himself ‘the enabler.’ … At home in Norcross, Howard and James Pinder often practice their DeKalb Symphony music together.”

Posted March 30, 2009