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Walter Preucil

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Lyric Opera

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Lyric Opera

20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 840

Chicago, Illinois,60606

United States

Company Description

Lyric Opera of Chicago, founded in 1954, is one of the world's greatest opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Over the past two decades the company has achieved unparalleled success in its ticket sa...more

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Walter Preucil Walter Preucil Walter Preucil has been a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra since 1988. He began his studies in his native Iowa at age 9, and attended the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University, where his teachers included Paul Katz and Janos Starker. The press described Walt's 2002 recital at Carnegie Hall's Weil Recital Hall as "beautifully expressive," and having "color, warmth, and freedom. Walt has twice performed cello concertos with the Peninsula Music Festival orchestra. As a teacher of the Suzuki talent education method, Walt has taught at several schools, including the Preucil School of Music (Iowa), Lawrence University (Wisconsin) and the Interlochen Arts Camp (Michigan). He has also served as a section coach for the Chicago Youth Symphony, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra, and High School District 211 (Illinois). A great fan of chamber music, Walt has treasured the 25 seasons he has performed with Midsummer's Music Festival.


Midsummer's Music Festival Chamber Concerts with the Preucil Family in Door County! - Midsummer's Music

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Front L-R: Zachary, James, Walter.
"If it weren't for the Eastman School of Music," Walter Preucil said, "our family wouldn't exist!" Careers have many times been built around a music school experience, but a family that grew out of one is less common. Such is the case with cellist Walter and violinist Stephanie Preucil, both who have been with the Midsummer's Music Festival (MMF) since its inception and have been bringing their three musician sons Zachary, Anthony, and James with them each summer to Door County. "Walter's and my parents knew each other at Eastman," Stephanie said. Violist William and violinist Doris, along with their children William, Jr., Anne, Jeanne, and of course, Walter, presented chamber music concerts around the country as the "Preucil Family Players. One of the challenges of the festival, Walter noted, is the fact that the ensemble performs the world's greatest masterpieces at peak performance. "We only enjoy playing at the highest level," he said, "or it's not fun!" The changing venues during the concert season, including private homes as well as public places that sometimes serve as improvised concert halls, require the musicians to make adjustments depending upon the space and acoustics - "spontaneous changes in bowings and articulation every night," Walter said. Occasionally he has to make a modification because the close quarters have put an audience member in the pathway of his bow! Walter Preucil in 2009. Walter likes the individuality of the performance, too. "I get to shape an ending," he said, recalling one piece in particular in this season's repertoire, "independently, using my experience and education, not following a conductor's demands. Walter has been a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra since 1988, playing on a cello made by Giovanni Fiorillo in 1781. Stephanie and Walter are on the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Students who begin lessons as three-year-olds, Walter added, "have a mother and a father and a teacher, the three adults influencing them throughout their lives, and the teacher is the first adult influence outside the family."


Walter Preucil - Midsummer's Music

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Walter Preucil
Walter Preucil Walter Preucil has been a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra since 1988. He began his studies in his native Iowa at age 9, and attended the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University, where his teachers included Paul Katz and Janos Starker. The press described Walt's 2002 recital at Carnegie Hall's Weil Recital Hall as "beautifully expressive," and having "color, warmth, and freedom. Walt has twice performed cello concertos with the Peninsula Music Festival orchestra. As a teacher of the Suzuki talent education method, Walt has taught at several schools, including the Preucil School of Music (Iowa), Lawrence University (Wisconsin) and the Interlochen Arts Camp (Michigan). He has also served as a section coach for the Chicago Youth Symphony, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra, and High School District 211 (Illinois). A great fan of chamber music, Walt has treasured the 23 seasons he has performed with Midsummer's Music Festival. Walt has also performed chamber music extensively in Europe and the Middle East. In 1993, Walt performed in the feature concert of the "Remembering Dvorak" festival in Spillville, Iowa, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the composer's visit there, and his writing of several compositions, including the String Quartet Op. 96 "The American."


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Stephanie is a member of the Classic Arts Trio along with cellist and husband Walter Preucil (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and pianist William Koehler (Northern Illinois University).
Stephanie and her husband, Walter, have three children: Zachary, (cellist and composer); Anthony, (violinist and violist); and James, (violinist and violist). Walter Preucil has been a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra since 1988. He began his studies in his native Iowa at age 9, and attended the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University, where his teachers included Paul Katz and Janos Starker. The press described Walt's 2002 recital at Carnegie Hall's Weil Recital Hall as "beautifully expressive," and having "color, warmth, and freedom. Walt has twice performed cello concertos with the Peninsula Music Festival orchestra. As a teacher of the Suzuki talent education method, Walt has taught at several schools, including the Preucil School of Music (Iowa), Lawrence University (Wisconsin) and the Interlochen Arts Camp (Michigan). He has also served as a section coach for the Chicago Youth Symphony, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra, and High School District 211 (Illinois). A great fan of chamber music, Walt has treasured the 23 seasons he has performed with Midsummer's Music Festival. Walt has also performed chamber music extensively in Europe and the Middle East. In 1993, Walt performed in the feature concert of the "Remembering Dvorak" festival in Spillville, Iowa, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the composer's visit there, and his writing of several compositions, including the String Quartet Op. 96 "The American."


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