MET violist Katherine Anderson has been interviewing orchestra members to capture a snapshot of the many personalities of the Met as they talk about their lives both in and out of music. She recently caught up with Ira Weller, a violist in the MET Orchestra since 1988.
KA: What was the best day of your life?
IW: Given the consequences of the event, the best day of my life was when I figured out that I wanted to marry Laurie, my wife. It wasn't the day I asked, because that day she actually said no!
KA: And the the worst day of your life?
IW: The first real pet we had together was a big, red, golden retriever named Ecco. I had come home from dropping my daughter at the airport. I took the dog out for a walk, threw him a ball and he brought it back, lay down and wouldn't give the ball to me.....he just lay down and died, right there at my feet, in Riverside Park. I had to carry him out. I don't know why that hit me so hard because I've experienced many losses. Maybe it was the suddenness...but it hit me harder than all the other losses in my life.