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"Oh Say Can You WHAT?" or "The Top Five Tips to Singing The Star-Spangled Banner"

"Oh Say Can You WHAT?" or "The Top Five Tips to Singing The Star-Spangled Banner"
Our Nation’s National Anthem The Star Bangled Banner, with lyrics by Francis Scott Key and music by John Stafford Smith, is one of the most difficult commonplace songs to master. Whether it be Christina Aguilera forgetting the words or Roseanne Barr blaring like a foghorn, many have tried to best this treacherous ditty and have... Read more »

The Beauty of Opera: The Passion of My Lifetime and My Love of The Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Beauty of Opera: The Passion of My Lifetime and My Love of The Lyric Opera of Chicago
When I was ten years old, I had an epiphany. I was walking through the local library, quietly minding my own business, my mind swirling with all the complicated and complex philosophical questions a ten year old has, such as “Will my mother leave me in the supermarket?” or “What are these red things on... Read more »

My Love Letter to Ravinia (or That Time I Met Renee Fleming)

My Love Letter to Ravinia (or That Time I Met Renee Fleming)
The Ravinia Festival is the highlight of my summers, bar NONE. The place has such atmosphere and a feeling of joyful camaraderie you just don’t get anywhere else. People sometimes feel inhibited at Lyric Opera or the Chicago Symphony. But, at Ravinia, everyone’s inhibitions are released and true joy seeps out of every pore of... Read more »
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