NOTE: The Blue Ridge Orchestra concert referenced in this story has been rescheduled for 5pm Jan. 13, 2019, in Lipinsky Auditorium, at UNC Asheville.
It’s an early December evening, and cellist Franklin Keel is rehearsing with the Blue Ridge Orchestra. He’s the featured soloist in their upcoming program, and he wants to hear this Vivaldi cello concerto in a particular way.
“Ignore the half-rest,” he tells his fellow musicians. “Play quarter, rest, quarter, rest.”
Just from this window, you might see Keel as an exacting musician. In a conversation the following day, he insisted that’s far from the case.