Dexter's main philosophy: what's yours is mine. My boyfriend Kevin and I are staff to 3 cats but Dexter is the most carb-motivated. Not one to waste any part of the pizza, he loves to sleep on the empty cardboard box it came in. Although he's an older guy and really ju...

Most if not all of us in the Lyric Opera Orchestra went to a music school or conservatory, learning to play in a variety of ensembles. But we didn’t do nearly as much opera playing in school as orchestral or chamber music because opera takes a lot of time plus sets, co...

It’s spring - finally! Everything’s gorgeous and in bloom, the birds are singing. Yes, finally it’s spring! At least, everywhere but Chicago. We celebrated Passover/Easter with a balmy 38 degrees (and a low of 26. Hahaha this is just too much, I mean COME ON CHICAGO!!!...

A wise person once said, "Use it or lose it." But what do you do to avoid 'over-using' it, or using it to the point of injury? A good personal trainer can really help with that. I've been seeing Barb Queen for about a decade now when I noticed that playing certain pass...

On opening night of Die Walküre, Nov. 1, the downbeat came at 5:30 and the last note floated out at 10:30. To celebrate our 5-hour romp through this bad boy, we in the orchestra had an opening night party where we served a cocktail created specifically in honor of this...

Imagine, if you will, a place where you do the same work as the people around you but you're mostly invisible to the people you work for.  You may get a call with a few hours notice that you're needed to come in and sight-read a performance of a difficult opera. You do...

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