Sforzando (forceful attack): "Four old women in the audience must have heart attacks."
A Brahms variation: "Play this line like little crawling lousies."
To a violinist: "Your fingers are like spaghetti cooked ten hours."
To a cello student: "You must opening the windows on your playing." Later: "Ahhh, I see you opening the windows, but air coming in is polluted."
Softly: "Whisper like a lady moving in a silk dress."
To the violin section: "You play this like apple pie with separate pieces. All together, please."
Accented notes: "Play like one shoe fits, and the other is a little small."
Cuing the string section: "Like an airplane pilot....