Chicago Symphony member and Chicago Chamber Musicians bassist Brad Opland will be appearing on the Contrabass Conversations podcast in the next few weeks. We just did a great interview yesterday afternoon, and this will be going out on the program in early September. A member of the Chicago Symphony for over 20 years, Brad shares his perspectives and experiences on this orchestra as well as his experiences performing most of the major chamber repertoire during that same period with the Chicago Chamber Musicians. We discussed his time spent at Curtis and as a member of the Minnesota Orchestra, his experiences playing for a few weeks in the Berlin Philharmonic bass section, and general advice for students and for bassists on the audition circuit.
Brad and I are also working on putting out recordings of most of the major chamber music repertoire involving bass. Brad has performed basically every major chamber composition that features bass with this top-notch ensemble, and we will be putting out complete performances from the Chicago Chamber Musicians archives in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned for this exciting new development! Check out this ensemble at www.chicagochambermusic.org.