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...

July 25, 2018

The WFMT broadcasts were also an initiative from the orchestra.  They began in 1972, when Ardash Marderosian, Lyric’s Principal Trombone at the time, approached WFMT to do a single broadcast of Rossini’s  Semiramide. Management let the radio station come in and pl...

Ferguson is a twelve-year-old Bichon Frisé. My girlfriend, Sara, got him as a puppy, and they’re virtually inseparable. Even though I’ve only known him for two years, I’ve become extremely close to him as well, and couldn’t be a more proud “step-owner”!

Ferguson has one...

July 23, 2018

Brass quintet performing in the lobby of the Prudential Center:

Bill Denton and Channing Philbrick, trumpets; Neil Kimel, horn; Jeremy Moeller, trombone; Andy Smith, tuba

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Make Music Chicago - stay tuned for more performances in the fu...

James Berkenstock was Principal Bassoon of the Lyric Opera Orchestra from 1968 until he retired in 2017.  He served on the orchestra committee for 22 years, was part of 7 negotiations and served as chairman of the committee for 2 of those negotiations. It was because o...

July 15, 2018

Please make room for Sven,

bassist Andy Anderson’s Great Pyrenees! 

He’s a large dog, but thanks to a haircut has slimmed down quite a bit and is now ready for swimsuit season.

His soulful eyes and old dude hat give the impression of a philosopher searching the hearts of...

July 12, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend is when I put in my garden. I know many people put theirs in weeks before, but I can never seem to. It’s either raining or I have concerts to play and have to be careful with my hands. But here it is, Saturday, 90 degrees, bright and sunny. My husb...

Kathleen Brauer (violin), Kedrick Armstrong (conductor),

Melissa Trier Kirk (viola)

Several orchestra members were involved in a May 31st performance of Empower Youth!, the result of a partnership between Lyric and the Chicago Urban League. Students drawn primarily from...

When I joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago, I had a lot to learn about being in an opera orchestra. Over the following years I logged in many performances of many operas: some old saws like La Boheme and Tosca, some less familiar and exciting operas like Samuel Barb...

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