October 21, 2019

It gets pretty fancy around the Opera House on opening night. Our intrepid photographers got some photos of arriving audience members before scurrying back to the pit to play The Barber of Seville

 Neil Kimel arrives ready to power down on some opening night French ho...

October 19, 2019

That's right! After 6 months away from the Opera House, it's good to get back and reacquainted with everyone in the pit. Some of our orchestra peeps stay in Chicago, others travel to their summer jobs, (and a few make recordings, which you can read about further down),...

April 20, 2019

We've got 2 new babies to celebrate! French Horn player Fritz Foss and his wife Sarah welcomed their son August on January 16, and Pat Brennan (viola) became a granddad January 10 with the arrival of Grace Evelyn Brennan. Congratulations daddios!

Fritz and Sarah introdu...

April 18, 2019

Maestro Davis with some of our guys

Susan Warner, clarinet, and                      Mark Brandfonbrener, cello

Laura Deming, cello                                  and Karl Davies, viola...

April 16, 2019

Being on strike is no fun (trust us, we know). It takes a lot of fortitude to make the decision to go without pay and walk a picket line in the cold and rain. The members of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra have been on strike since March 10. Please go to their website t...

April 14, 2019

This article is part of a series about Lyric Opera of Chicago audience members we orchestra players get to know and care about.

Last Fall I was drawn to a quiet woman I’d seen three days in a row taking her break in the unusually pleasant October afternoons on Wacker Dr...

We bid a fond farewell to Matt Comerford, our beloved Co-Assistant Principal Trumpet, who retired at the end of the 2019 season.

Matt grew up in Tekamah, Nebraska. Both his father and grandfather played the trumpet, so there was always a cornet or bugle nearby. “From...

April 10, 2019

Twenty-five years ago Renée Fleming made her Lyric Opera debut as the namesake in Susannah by Carlisle Floyd. Last month, we celebrated the anniversary of that debut with a gala performance featuring amazing voices and a beautiful solo turn by concertmaster Robert Hanf...

March 5, 2019

The New York Times ran an article titled ‘Opera Has a Problem: Fans Aren’t Subscribing’, by Michael Cooper (Dec. 21, 2018). In it,  General Director Anthony Freud reasoned that, because subscriptions are down, he had to take steps to shorten the opera season, give fewe...

March 4, 2019

Violinist Bing Jing Yu performs at Prentice Hospital as part of Sharing Notes, an organization devoted to bringing comfort and joy to Chicago hospital patients through the power of live music.

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