The celesta is a boxy little keyboard instrument, often used as auxiliary percussion in orchestral (and band) music. Often, if no percussionist plays piano or if the part is too difficult, the conductor pulls in a pianist. Hence, I was born.
Thanks to my view from the back row, I have learned lots - about orchestra, orchestral music, orchestra musicians, opera, and other things. It's a unique perspective.
For the official nickname "Celesta Fiesta," I have good friend (and principal cellist) Jessie to thank.
Tune in for my charming commentary on orchestra and life.