Queen of Spades at Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Queen of Spades is pure Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky: there are periodically five million people on stage (full women’s choir! full men’s choir! full children’s choir! assorted principals! everybody’s doing something!), and pretty much all the characters totally suck, while putting on one hell of a show. I knew I had to see it, as soon as I saw that it would be at Lyric—let’s … Continue reading Queen of Spades at Lyric Opera of Chicago

On Supporting the CSO Strike

Work actions have a way of bringing out the worst, and the best, of humanity. As the Chicago Symphony musicians’ strike drags on, we have seen far too much of the worst—snark and vitriol and a whole lot of profound ignorance about what it means, and takes, to be a musician on the highest level in the world. We’ve also seen good: other musicians, professional … Continue reading On Supporting the CSO Strike