Member Highlight

Alex Legeros, Bassoon 

 

How long have you played in the orchestra?

I began subbing in 2015 and was ordained a member in 2016.

Why do you play in the orchestra?

I wanted to consolidate the amount of playing I did but retain the musical quality I only found in glimmering moments elsewhere. Making low harmonious toots on the bassoon is about as joyful an experience as one can have when the rest of the group is playing their best too, and Civic’s members keep themselves to a higher standard.

What do you do?

I enjoy making creative things but have lots of ways of expressing that instead of just one job. I am actually paid to be a bassoonist, by the Army no less! But it’s not my career. I also make sculpture, both as a bronze sculptor’s assistant to my father and local artist Nick¬†Legeros, and now I’m also head contractor for my partner Tom and help bring his conceptual architecture to life. I also wear a lot of Nonprofit hats: Director, grant writer, fundraiser, communications, web guru – partly because I can, and partly because I have to: if you want to make an impact in the arts, it’s all about who you know. For me it’s most important that Fine Art with all it’s capitalization and refinement be maintained and appreciated by this great community – while also being shaped and adapted for the next generation.

What other activities do you participate in?

I volunteer throughout the community as both a bassoonist and a nonprofit nerd. I perform with Edina’s Sousa Band, where often you can find me soloing or doing some other feats of daring on the bassoon – also available on YouTube! I teach and perform as a freelancer closer to my neck of the woods in the North Metro. I serve on a number of nonprofit boards as well, including the Mill City Summer Opera (past artistic chair), White Bear Center for the Arts (Evaluation committee chair), and with a new startup called Out of the Box Opera.
I also have a love for home and make lots of little things around the house that add peripheral and ephemeral joy to my life, like baking bread (I had a sourdough rye bread blog for about 18 months), making custom terraced herb and vegetable gardens, and probably my favorite thing, making elaborate feeders for the turkeys, birds, and squirrels that we enjoy watching all day (and night – three young raccoons always polish off whatever’s left of the day’s feed).
If music is how we decorate time, art is how we decorate our embodied lives – but I disagree with the notion that it’s merely decoration. For me, the creation of good things, whether it be in music, food, or in experiences broadly, each have an intersection of art and person-hood that I find irreplaceable to who I am.