February 26, 2019

Carrying fragile instruments in and out of the orchestra pit is always challenging but librarian (and part time traffic cop) Wendy Skozcen’s sign at the pit door was a first!

There are more players in the pit for Elektra than for any other opera, 97 in all. This tops th...

December 22, 2018

Melissa Trier-Kirk, Frank Babbit, Karl Davies, and Lewis Kirk

Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra members violist Melissa Trier Kirk, violinists Frank Babbitt and Karl Davies with bassoonist Lewis Kirk joined with Lyric Opera Stage Artists members Pamela Williams, Cathy Dunn...

December 14, 2018

Violist Amy Hess with quartet members Kathleen Brauer, Bing Grant, and Mark Brandfonbrener at The Merion

Making music together is a joy we share as an orchestra, and bringing live music to people who can’t get to concerts is a way to share that joy with our community. O...

October 28, 2018

We were overwhelmed by the support we experienced on the picket line, from subscribers and patrons, members of our own union and other unions and passersby who understood our cause and wanted to help. The temperature during the strike ranged from a high of 86 to a low...

James Berkenstock was Principal Bassoon of the Lyric Opera Orchestra from 1968 until he retired in 2017.  He served on the orchestra committee for 22 years, was part of 7 negotiations and served as chairman of the committee for 2 of those negotiations. It was because o...

Kathleen Brauer (violin), Kedrick Armstrong (conductor),

Melissa Trier Kirk (viola)

Several orchestra members were involved in a May 31st performance of Empower Youth!, the result of a partnership between Lyric and the Chicago Urban League. Students drawn primarily from...

For those of us who were at Lyric when “Toward the 21st Century” was announced, it was an exciting time. During a ten-year period starting in 1989, Ardis made a commitment to include two 20th-century operas each season, one American and one European, and Lyric commissi...

October 23, 2017

Maja Cus Vukovic

July 7, 1921 - April 19, 2017

Violinist Maja Vukovic performed with the Lyric Opera Orchestra for 41 years and the Grant Park Symphony for 36. In March, I had the good fortune to spend an afternoon with Maja and her cousin Judy Fus in Maja’s beautiful ap...

February 22, 2017

Lyric Opera’s Principal Harpist, Marguerite Lynn Williams, has been busy since she joined the orchestra in 2011. Her greatest passion, next to playing the fabulous operatic harp repertoire, is to play chamber music with other harpists! To make that possible, she starte...

December 9, 2016

As we enter the season of giving, we celebrate our members who use their gifts to give back. Today we feature Lyric violist Frank Babbitt. When you get into a conversation with Frank you realize right away that he has a flair for the dramatic. At any moment, and with a...

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