AFCM is managed by volunteers who, in addition to having outstanding experience and qualifications, are passionate about chamber music. This season they tell us about their relationship to music.
Q: How long have you been involved with AFCM?
Bryan Daum: Since 2007.
Q: What is your current role?
BD: I work on the Piano & Friends series of concerts.
Q: Did you play an instrument or perform as a child?
BD: I played trombone for a while in grade school, but I was never any good at it.
Q: How did you first become interested in the chamber music form?
BD: I did not know much about serious music until I took a music appreciation course in college. One semester of fine art appreciation was required for graduation. I took music appreciation. The course opened my ears to a number of genres of serious music I had not experienced before: chamber music, symphonic music and opera.
Q: What’s your day job—what do you do when you’re not working on AFCM?
BD: I retired on March 1, 2016 after working as an attorney for 37 years. My professional experience is one reason I am on the Board. They wanted someone that they thought knew a little about the law.
Q: What are your other interests?
BD: My main interest is travel. My wife and I have made it a habit to try to get to at least one interesting place every year. She is quite the city girl, and we like to joke about the time we were served lunch in a banana leaf while on a small boat in the Amazon Basin. It was a very different ambience than a three star restaurant in Boston or New York.
Q: What is the best part of an AFCM concert?
BD: The best thing in any concert is when the artist or artists play something I like but that I have not heard before. “Why do I not know this piece?” is the question I always ask.