For the past 25 years Door County, WI has been the home of Midsummer’s Music Festival featuring chamber music of all kinds in a wide variety of locations including homes, art galleries, museums, churches, barns, and boat houses – the kind of intriguing and beguiling sp...

Ahh, summer in Chicago!  It's a beautiful city in which to live and work this time of year, despite eternal re-routing to avoid construction.  On a lovely mild day it's hard to find a better place to call 'the office' than Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park.  I and...

June 3, 2015

Twenty-five years ago Lyric Opera cellist Laura Deming and several orchestra colleagues performed the opening concerts launching The Pine Mountain Music Festival in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Laura’s home at the time. Celebrity radio voice-over and Word Jazz crea...

On Monday, May 18, a trio from the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Concertmaster Robert Hanford, guest guitarist Steven Roberts, and myself, cellist Mark Brandfonbrener, accompanied Lyric’s Creative Consultant and leading diva Renee Fleming in “America the Beautiful” during the...

For many summers I have traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to participate in the Grand Teton Music Festival (gtmf.org) . It is a music festival featuring a large symphonic orchestra in programs each weekend. Musicians from orchestras around the country travel to NW Wyom...

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