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Archive for March 12, 2014

Joyce DiDonato in Live Impromptu

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato

She is a five-star, Grammy Award-winning diva. Bending to box office pressures, the Metropolitan Opera now favors more bel canto repertoire for this American mezzo. Joyce DiDonato has the voice and the acting chops to gain entrance to any opera house in the world, but hasn’t

CSO Oboist Ray Still Dead at 94

Oboist Ray Sill (1920 - 2014)

He had the will and the soul to be a solo voice in a singular ensemble—tough, audacious, an irrepressible personality. Other players knew his sound in an instant. Oboist Ray Still helped define the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 40 years