Author Archives: Ryan Libel

Chamber Mondays

Lyric soprano Laura Bumgardner was the Musicians Club of Women’s featured artist at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Chamber Mondays Concert today at lunchtime.  She was accompanied by Chao Gao on piano.  The soprano was delightful, filling the Tiffany dome with her soaring vocals and mesmerizing the crowd.  As usual, there was a decent turnout, independent […]

Another Week, Another Lesson

Teacher brought back the bow tool for yesterday’s lesson – as I did last week, I worked with it for about half the time, then we removed it and tried to maintain the improvements to my hold.  I noticed after using it during last week’s lesson that I did maintain more of a focus on […]

Bow Work

Last week’s lesson brought a bow tool – Teacher fixed a green rubbery thing over the frog and screw of my bow that is meant to support a proper hand position. I played with it for about half the time, then she removed it and I continued, trying to maintain the improvements the device had […]

Progress

Three months into playing it, I’ve now worked all the way through the third movement of this Vivaldi concerto.  It’s been a lot of fun, and remains challenging.  I don’t think I’ll spend quite as long polishing this one before moving onto the next piece as I did the first movement – Teacher and I […]

Aspiring to Vivaldi

The third movement of the Vivaldi Concerto is coming along.  While my progress is not as slow as it was as I learned the first movement, which was a huge level up from previous pieces, it too presents exceptional challenges.  There’s work in second position, third position, and even a shift in between third and […]

CSO’s Upcoming Season

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 catalog arrived, along with a letter suggesting that due to my attendance habits I would benefit financially from a subscription.  When I received the same catalogue last year, I considered subscribing for this current season, but in the end didn’t.  That reluctance caused me to miss out on this past […]

Mitsuko Uchida’s Schubert Sonatas

Sunday matinees at Symphony Center are becoming a bit of a weakness of mine.  This past weekend’s event was a recital by the legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida.  Recently, I’ve been investigating classical Viennese composer Franz Schubert, and coincidentally Dame Uchida was doing an all-Schubert program – three sonatas for solo piano.  It was the combination […]