Fritz’s summer music plans take him to St. Paul, MN and Santa Cruz, CA. On June 5-6, he played Dvorak’s Legends with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Christian Zacharias.

This August will mark his 10th season playing with the Cabrillo Festival of...

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...

May 25, 2015

Around the middle of June every year my family packs up our dog, two cats, two children, a viola, a bassoon and a contrabassoon, and makes the trip west to Santa Fe, New Mexico   My husband Lew and I have played in the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra for over 25 years. It is...

Hello from sunny San Diego! Since the end of the Opera season I have been doing a lot of traveling for work.  As a proud Portland native I’m very happy that my trips have all been to the West Coast! I’m currently in beautiful Southern California playing guest Principal...

Last year my family had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Panama. The main purpose of our visit was to feed the passion of our son Henry, an avid birder. Every few months, Henry convincingly pleads his case to travel to great birding destinations near and far. Som...

August 1, 2014

Last winter college sophomore Olivia Boen worked as an intern for Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center.  It was a perfect fit with her being a vocal performance major at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. While she’s not the first aspiring opera singer to intern in the company’...

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