[New Philharmonic at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage.]
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 theater rehearsals.
We were heavily involved in … youth theater through Elgin Community College. We were also heavily involved in our church, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church.
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 … 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.