Learning How to Listen

Earlier this fall, while I was immersed in an intense rehearsal with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Maestro Semyon Bychkov said something that really struck a chord with me.  As we were playing through Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3, he stopped the rehearsal to address the strings that were playing a lyrical passage. The violins had […]

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Why We Do What We Do

In early September, the 2014-15 Citizen Musician Fellows met for the first time. We had all been waiting for the beginning of the season and were eager to get started. It was clear to me that we were very excited to be there, and this led me to revisit a few questions I had been […]

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