November 28, 2017

Most of us with full-time, professional playing careers depend upon help of some sort to keep us going. Physical therapy, acupuncture, strength training, and nutrition play a big part in our lives, and a great many of us need cushions, back supports, straps, foam rolle...

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...

November 18, 2017

David Becker on contrabass trombone

The Wagnertuben, instruments created just for the operas of the Ring Cycle, played by Stephanie Blaha, Matthew Oliphant, Gabby Webster, and Fritz Foss

Douglas Rosenthal on the bass trumpet, whose sound is so unfamiliar it is often misi...

November 16, 2017

What is Halloween if not a golden opportunity to humiliate our furry friends with costumes?  We can't help but notice that the dog looks really happy - the cats, not so much.

Presenting Leila, who was named after the character inThe Pearl Fishers! She wanted to channel...

Reprinted with permission of Harp Column magazine (www.harpcolumn.com) © 2017 Harp Column

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