March 1, 2017

Two weeks ago, I walked into a small storefront office on Milwaukee Avenue and discovered something unexpected:  an entire medical office dedicated to meeting the needs of people exactly like me, professional musicians who have very specific hearing issues and working...

November 20, 2016

The Chicago Cubs – from loveable losers to World Series champions!  I think most of Chicago was searching for a way to show their support, and perhaps feed a superstition or two… how awful would it have been to only show half-hearted support and then not win the Series...

October 15, 2016

Richard Wagner said, “Music is the inarticulate speech of the heart, which cannot be compressed into words, because it is infinite.”  Well, Wagner’s operas may not be infinite, but they are famously long and difficult.  Das Rheingold, however, is under three hours long...

April 1, 2016

Another opera season successfully completed.  Now we all go our separate ways, and with a few exceptions we will be away from each other for about six months.  And although we all make sure we have full musical lives in our off season, opera is our home.  It is our thi...

February 22, 2016

Mr. Domingo with Lynn Williams, harp

Have you ever had this conversation with someone you just met?  

    

What do you do for a living?

I am a musician.

Oh, it must be wonderful to get paid to do what you love!

Although I can honestly say that I do love my job, I a...

December 14, 2015

Chuck Bontrager, Steve Roberts, and Don Stiernberg

While it might not be a surprise that an opera such as Bel Canto uses unfamiliar folk instruments, this fall/winter we are lucky enough to also have exotics in the pit for The Merry Widow.  Meet our very first tamburitz...

October 19, 2015

Those of us who know Robert Johnson know him for his vibrant personality, quick wit, and his beautiful horn playing.  What you might not know about him is his level of training and commitment to the practice of meditation and the fundamental concepts and practices of t...

September 1, 2015

It’s a memorial on Des Plaines St., namesake to one of our sister opera companies in Chicago and a busy brewpub in the West loop.  Chicago Lyric Opera is not far, and the Chicago Federation of Musicians office is in the heart of it.  I am talking about Haymarket Square...

July 25, 2015

As I sit here right now, I am aware of a sharp pain in my neck when I turn to the left, lower back tenderness, and a persistent cramping in my right hand.  I am a violinist, and I have come to accept these pains as occupational hazards.  But two years ago, I was hit wi...

Please reload

Our Recent Posts

April 25, 2020

Please reload

Archive