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. Here she speaks with Mary Hammann, a member of the MET Orchestra viola section since 1992.
KA: What amazes you about the Met?
MH: I love how musically alive this place is. When you walk in it's like being in a conservatory again. You come in and you hear music streaming into the halls and there's music coming from every corner. Rehearsals are spilling out of the stage and every possible space. I love sharing the innards with people!
KA: The innards?
MH: Yes...everything that you see once you get past the red and gold velvet. All the things that are so utilitarian. The big sign that says "Stage do not enter!" The bass sarcophagi (the huge cases that transport the double bases to Carnegie Hall and on tours). Going to the cafeteria and seeing people in costume. The ant hill quality...on the top is this gorgeous hall and underneath is all the activity that makes it all happen.