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Lunchbox/Soapbox: Emma Ayres on The Viola: A big violin, a small cello, or just a joke?
As the old joke goes, the definition of a gentleman is someone who can play the viola, but chooses not to. So, what is a viola? Why did all the most famous composers play it, including Jimi Hendrix? And why is this beautiful instrument the laughing stock of the orchestra?
Emma Ayres is a classically trained musician and the darling of ABC Classic FM Breakfast. In this talk, she lets loose on the viola haters in a pointed, funny classical music rant. And to dispel any final doubts, she also plays.