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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (movie)
Like/Dislike with James Wyman, BSO principal timpanist
Like/Dislike with James Wyman, BSO principal timpanist

Let's get this out of the way: A timpanist is that cool one in the orchestra who gets to bang on one of those huge drums in the back. Timpani has long been a big part of the life of 30-year-old James Wyman, now in his first year with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. When he was playing the piano at the age of 9, he was also playing the drum set. Moving on to percussion and timpani with youth orchestras in Cleveland, all it took was watching his teacher, Paul Yancich, the principal timpanist of the Cleveland Orchestra, to realize that timpani was for him. And this weekend, his timpani will be paired with a Hollywood classic, as the BSO performs live as "Casablanca" plays...