[Kirk Muspratt conducts the New Philharmonic.]
Schelkopf: What was your childhood like?
Bravos: My mom [Cindy Bravos] was a dedicated stage mom, for lack of a better term. She drove us to our piano lessons and, later on, to theater rehearsals.
We were heavily involved in the Fox Valley youth theater through Elgin Community College. We were also heavily involved in our church, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin.
I was in the choir at church and in a Greek dance troupe and an organist, for a time. We have very fond memories of growing up here in the Fox Valley. My mom would also take us to the productions over at Pheasant Run.
Schelkopf: While we are talking about your family, your younger brother, Tommy Bravos, released his debut album last year. It sounds like music was a shared interest growing up.
Bravos: Yeah, we were largely a musical family. My sister was a dancer, and we ended up going to her dance recitals. All four of us took piano.
We were a very theatrical family from the get-go. We did little productions in the basement and things like that.
And then I decided to study theatrical voice.