Born to Cello

Sunday will be a homecoming for two cellists who grew up under the roof of the founding director and conductor of the Salina Symphony – Eric Stein.

Brother and sister Derek and Adele Stein will join forces on stage this Sunday afternoon as the Symphony opens its 60th Anniversary Season.

Derek, who is a freelance cellist in Los Angeles tells KSAL News that when it came time to choose an instrument the cello chose him, “Dad was a cello player and so my earliest memories are falling asleep while he practices,” he said.

“So I was hearing cello from the day I was born.”

Derek’s sister Adele has been living and performing in Phoenix and is planning a move to New York after her stop in Salina, “I’m already freezing here and it’s 55 degrees,” she told listeners Thursday on the KSAL Morning News.

The musician who’s resume includes work with Sting, Bruno Mars and Smokey Robinson says except for one bad day while she was in high school – she had always known she would be a cellist, “I was super frustrated when I was practicing and I thought to myself I don’t want to play anymore. I don’t like it – it’s terrible,” she said

“The next morning I woke up and I thought that was a lie, this is what I am going to do for the rest of my life.”

Adele and Derek will also be joined on stage by their mother Wendy Stein on clarinet as the orchestra performs Tchaikovsy’s Symphony No. 4 at the Stiefel Theatre on Sunday at 4pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the Stiefel box office, online at or by calling 785-827-1998.