March 30, 2018

Stand back people, we may have the most terrifying pet of the month ever. Perseus is now lord of the land in bassist (soon to be officially assistant principal bassist) Ian Hallas' and Nomin Zolzaya's household. While small in stature, this mighty lion will nevertheles...

In late February we lost a member of our orchestral family. Rami Solomonow served as Principal Violist with the Lyric Opera Orchestra from 1974 to 1995. Born in Tel Aviv less than a year after Israel's founding, Rami played in the state's youth orchestra, including a t...

March 20, 2018

When you already have a job in an orchestra, the absolute hardest thing to do is to audition for another position in that orchestra.  As difficult as every audition is, at least one usually has anonymity.  Not so when your friends and colleagues sit in judgement, compa...

March 16, 2018

The hallmark of any self-respecting opera orchestra is flexibility: one must change musical styles at the drop of a hat and adapt to varying styles on the podium as well, all the while being mindful of the stage and maintaining basic skills of good ensemble playing.  S...

March 10, 2018


 Each season, Sir Andrew throws a mid-winter party for the orchestra and music staff to celebrate our collaboration.  It’s a chance to mingle over delicious food, drink toasts of appreciation, and this year to mark the 30th anniversary of Sir Andrew’s association with...

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...

March 2, 2018

Visiting Cuba has always held a special fascination for me, with its fusion of Afro-Cuban and Spanish music, dance, art, not to mention the old cars and cuisine. My desire to experience the culture was in conflict with the oppressive political system pervading this cou...

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