Earlier in October Ethan Brown (first year, cello performance) was invited to go play a concert week at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The company was presenting a concert starring Renee Fleming and Rod Gilfry in Kevin Puts’s “The Brightness of Light” as well as popular numbers from the “golden age” of Broadway. The libretto from “The Brightness of Light” was drawn from the lifetime of letters between Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, Alfred Stieglitz. Ethan enjoyed experiencing Renee Fleming’s voice in this lighter operatic style compared to the heavier repertoire of her earlier career. This was also the first concert performance for the new music director, Enrique Mazzola, who Ethan felt had an extraordinary capability of drawing the most subtle colors and nuances from the orchestra throughout the rehearsal process. The orchestra continues to support and highlight the voices of singers at an exceptionally high level. Substituting with the Lyric Opera Orchestra is always something Ethan looks forward to doing whenever his schedule allows for it.