KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Like many dads, Nick Warren relishes any opportunity to spend time with his teenage daughter, but his daughter Kyra chose to connect with him in a unique way: the cello.
Nick, 50, and Kyra, 14, performed their first public cello duet at the St. John Lutheran School Showcase on March 7, then followed with a performance two days later at Noble County's Got Talent.
The duets offered Nick an opportunity to rekindle an interest he had set aside, one that began with his own father, Bob.
"My father was director of the orchestra in my hometown — South Haven, Mich. — and he was in charge of the strings program in the South Haven community," Nick told The News Sun (http://bit.ly/1hrVgda ). "All the kids in my family learned violin early on."
At age 10, Nick made the switch to cello to get out from the shadow of his older sister, Cheryl, who already was an accomplished violinist.
"I just couldn't walk in her footsteps, so I had to do something different, and it seemed cool," Nick said.
Nick continued to play through high school — Bob continued to teach him until he died in a car crash when Nick was 14 — but once out of college his work as an engineer and "just the busyness of life" got in the way. He took lessons for a couple years in his 20s before setting the cello aside.
It sat in the family's basement until last year, Kyra's seventh-grade year at St. John Lutheran School, when she had to choose an instrument to play.
"It was big and unique, and I thought it would be fun to do something that my dad did," Kyra said. "I wanted to be able to play with him and the rest of my family."