In this week’s episode of Doing the Work we talk with Opera Director George Cederquist! George is awesome and handsome and nice and very VERY talented. We talk life, art, music, kids, hockey, and podcasts. He was very generous with his time and insights and I know you’ll have fun listening to our conversation.
This week’s episode is with Elyse Kakacek! Elly is a bright-hearted and talented soprano who splits her time between singing, teaching, yoga, and being a positive force for good in the universe. Our conversation runs far and wide between topics like “is it all really worth it?”, “why can’t we make every moment magical?”, “can a person truly change the world?”, and “is it possible to sing so well that you become a werewolf?” She is certainly doing the work and you can tell in this episode. Enjoy!
Also check in with Chicago Fringe Opera for Elly’s run in Britten’s Turn of the Screw September 26th through October 24th. It’s gonna get weird!
Errin Brooks is contagiously funny and incredibly sincere. We spend an hour talking about the National Association of Negro Musicians, how to stay motivated when you’re not feeling your best, and Patrick Swayze’s Roadhouse. Roadhouse is the best movie. It just is. Errin is kind and hilarious and a joy to hang out with so I know you’ll enjoy this episode as much as I do. Enjoy!
This week we talk with the hardest working musician in Chicago, Dave Govertsen. Dave is such a great musician and such a kind individual. We talk about musicianship/musicality, The Simpsons, how their baby already has a more impressive resume than me, and why it pays to be able to learn difficult music. But above all, we talk about preparation. Dave is a monolithic pillar of awesome and I am so lucky to have had the time with him.
Dave has a lot of gigs coming up that we talk about. Basically, if you go see music in Chicago, he’s in it.
Everyone! I got DJ to do my show! Dj was a magnificent guest and it was so cool to get to catch up with him and have a nice conversation for all of you to hear! DJ is the head of production for the Van Buren Fine Arts Center in Van Buren, Arkansas as well as being a kick ass musician and an overall renaissance dude! He paints, he builds sets, and he also plays the sax all while being kind and just really, really great. We talk about music theater, audio engineering, playing sax, meeting your heroes, and why traveling to Chicago on St. Patrick’s day is probably a bad idea. Listen up and enjoy!
This week we talk with Billy Dwyer and Jason Carlson! They might be the next great comedy duo. All I’m saying is that Jason might be the world’s greatest musical straight man. They also happen to be amazing musicians and wonderfully insightful people. We talk about staging overtures, getting stabbed in the throat by broken glass, Albert Herring, and how to be a scientist in the practice room. And we pull the train into Compliment Station for Valerie Vinzant. Enjoy!
Oh… and here’s the video Billy talks about. Feel free to cry a little…
This week we have our first non-musician! Sara Stock is a graduate of the Conservatory at Second City and Improv Olympic in Chicago and a fellow Apron Person at Howells and Hood on Michigan Avenue. We talk about auditioning, losing self, fear and anger, and how to let a lifelong dream die with grace and gentility. We also talk a lot about her bulldog Charles. Because, let’s face it, dogs are cooler than people. Oh, and we detour to a nice long conversation about cheese guest starring the incomparable Tamecia Harris!
IT’S BERNARD HOLCOMB! Bernard is a personal positivity hero of mine and a spectacularly articulate singer. He is so incredibly genuine and caring. I saved this one for a while because I knew how special it was. Our conversation runs the gamut of emotions from deep and profound to utterly ridiculous. Enjoy!
Happy 10th episode!!! This week we talk with Oliver Camacho of the OperaNow! Podcast. He is endearing and intelligent and was a blast to chat with. We talk about the BAMFs of early music recording, our musicological dreamboats (i.e. why I feel about Philip Gossett the way I used to feel about Batman), and all the things that are wrong with my Podcast! Oliver tears up at the mention of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio Quartet and we have some beautifully sincere moments. And the Blackhawks won! Go Team!
Also check out Oliver’s work with The Liederstube and Vox3! They’re making some killer art that you should throw your attendance and money at! Support live and local singing!