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Die Fledermaus #259Z, At The MAC

Die Fledermaus, Symphony Orchestra, aria, songs, audience, people.

This post on the operetta Die Fledermaus (the bat) is written by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC. Sunday afternoon, January 27, 2019 I had the pleasure to hear a wonderful performance of Die Fledermaus. The operetta was under the masterful baton of maestro Kirk Muspratt. The New Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra was outstanding. The audience was filled with people that know and love opera. The MAC gives us this performance that is filled with arias and love songs ~ this is a winner!

Die Fledermaus

  • The Bat

This lively and light hearted comic operetta, Die Fledermaus, “The Bat”, by Johann Strauss was admirably performed at the MAC at the College of DuPage. Most importantly, the music that Kirk Muspratt conducted with the New Philharmonic Orchestra was outstanding. Lead opera singers in this outstanding performance were as follows. Katherine Weber, Mikaela Schneider, Jesse Donner, Matthew Greenblatt, Sam Handley, Brittany Hebel, James Judd, Ashley Sipka, and Aaron Wardell. The lovely songs that they delivered will be remembered for a long time.

Because this music is so familiar to opera goers the world over it gives us joy to hear it live on the stage. For me the waltz is the most delightful orchestral piece in the operetta. Therefore, that does not mean that there as no other good music, for sure, the voices of these stars just carried us all away.

I was very pleased with the spontaneity of the musicians to all the lines. There is no prompter on this stage so all the details have to be worked out well ahead of the performance.


  • Symphony

Because of the solid preparation that the New Philharmonic orchestra puts into each symphony performance at the highest quality music. Conducted by Kirk Muspratt the orchestra is at it’s best. The musicians were sharp and clear and you could hear everything. This is complemented by the excellent acoustics at the MAC theater. Maestro Muspratt displayed is outstanding knowledge of Strauss’s masterpiece and delivered to us the best performance eve


  • Songs

The arias delivered to us by the vocalists were songs to the delight of everyone. Because the voices were complimented by the excellent props and lighting of the MAC, the performance went smoothly. It is amazing how well the voices of the soloists come to life when they are complimented with quality stage sets and lighting.

The beautiful tones of all the artist resonated within me, I only wish that the opera was longer. The arias just followed one after the other and in good form. Each of the soloists accurately follow the notes of the music with tempi of the maestro.

Because we had good seats I could see and hear everything. The theater is a nice size so that no matter where you sit you have a good view. I was seated on the center aisle to the left center of the stage.

Die Fledermaus at The MAC at College of DuPage.
Die Fledermaus At The MAC At College Of DuPage


  • People

Because the audience was filled with people that know and understand opera, they were delight to be presented such a fine performance. I attended this performance with my dear friends Sandra Ganakos and Robert C. Marks. Because Mr. Marks is an ardent supporter of opera and a major donor to Lyric Opera of Chicago he was pleased to appear in support the cast. Mr. Marks sits on the Ryan Opera Center Board and is a sponsor of Jesse Donner (Eisenstein).

Most importantly, The College of DuPage, is making possible a venue for local residence to participate is great opera. Therefore, the more exposure to high quality opera leads to high quality living. I am honored to have done my undergraduate studies here at the College of DuPage.

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Die Fledermaus, Symphony Orchestra, aria, songs, audience, people.

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Chicago Club Collapse 1/9/2019B#249Z

Chicago Club interior after it's collapse in 1927.

As a former member of the Chicago Club I learned of an interesting chapter in the book of the club’s history. When I joined the club I was given a book on the club’s history as a new member’s gift. The title of the book is “The history of the Chicago Club”, by Emmett Dedmon, 1960. On June 17, 1928 the entire interior of the Chicago Club (formerly the Art Institute of Chicago) collapsed leaving the building in ruins. No injuries were recorded.Key points

Chicago Club Collapse 1/9/2019B

Chicago Club collapse 1/9/2019 is an historic event that impacts Chicago and the history of Art. The Chicago Club was the original home of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was on the Sunday afternoon of June 27th that the security guard suddenly heard loud and violent noises coming from within the clubhouse. In fear of the unknown the guard immediately left the building. He made an exit from the front entrance onto Michigan Avenue and then to Van Buren. Little did he realize that the sounds he had heard with the fracturing of the supporting beams!

Just a few minutes after leaving the building the entire interior of the structure collapsed. The Chicago Club at that time was closed on Sunday so fortunately no one was injured. The club has already built an annex build adjacent to the older building, designed by Daniel Burnham. The annex can be seen in the photo below immediately behind the main building. Since that time the club tore down the ruined building and completed the clubhouse in the same style as the annex building.

It should be noted that this was an architect’s error. The design of the building put the main beam of support on a hard surface thinking that it was bedrock. However, in truth there was a small cavern below that “bedrock”.

Had the building collapsed at a time when the structure was the Art Institute of Chicago the incident would have been a catastrophe. Not only would many people have been killed and injured, but the loss of priceless works of art would be gone forever.

Chicago Club exterior.
Chicago Club Exterior
Chicago Club interior after it's collapse in 1927.
Chicago Club Interior After Collapse

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St. Anselm Church Chicago Multi-Cultural Mass 10/28/2018#240Z

Multi-cultural mass at St. Anselms Church.

Multi-Cultural Mass

Multi-cultural mass at St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic Church in Chicago is a religious service held today Father Bob Kelly, SVD, Pastor of St. Anselm’s Church in Chicago, celebrated a very memorable Multi-Cultural Mass. I was honored with an invitation to this gracious event and I am pleased to say that it only enriched my life. All day long I have been humming with joy the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ through the ministry of Father Kelly.

Below is a link to images of this outstanding and enriching mass.

St. Anselm's Church in Chicago