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Sven!

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...

Gardening with Wotan

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...

Empower Youth!

Kathleen Brauer (violin), Kedrick Armstrong (conductor), Melissa Trier Kirk (viola) Several orchestra members were involved in a May 31st...

My First Ring

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...

Toward the 21st Century

For those of us who were at Lyric when “Toward the 21st Century” was announced, it was an exciting time. During a ten-year period...

A Strong Woman in the Land of Men

During one of Lyric Opera’s low periods, the early 1980s, with a bleak financial outlook and pushing back against the unending chatter...

Remembering Ardis Krainik

photo courtesy of Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago Most of us in the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra remember Ardis Krainik as a force of...

Pet of the Month: Cupcake!

Cupcake is a 15-year-old palomino paint horse, a good soul with simple needs. As long as he has tasty hay and the chance to roll in the...

First, Do No Harm

Over the last few months, we have written a lot about the physical needs of musicians, with an emphasis on the special circumstances of...

Hollywood House Quartet Concert

One of the things we love best as musicians is to share our music in small, personal settings with our audience, where we can all see...

Jesus Christ Superstar!

photo credit - Theater Musicians Association Chicago Chapter Lyric Opera's American Musical Theater Initiative has morphed into Broadway...

Can Chiropractic Help Me?

What do you do as a string player when raising your right arm causes searing pain from the shoulder to the elbow after playing a Bellini...

Pet(s) of the Month

It’s spring - finally! Everything’s gorgeous and in bloom, the birds are singing. Yes, finally it’s spring! At least, everywhere but...

Fellow Travelers

17 musicians, mostly members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, performed in a Lyric Unlimited production of Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers...

The Gift of Horns

On March 5, Lyric members Samuel Hamzen (left) and Neil Kimel (right) performed horn duets at the Norwood Crossing senior living facility...

Giving Together

Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra members joined forces with members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus and Stage Managers on March 20 to...

Pet of the Month - Perseus

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...

Rami Solomonow (1949-2018), A Tribute

In late February we lost a member of our orchestral family. Rami Solomonow served as Principal Violist with the Lyric Opera Orchestra...

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