Lawrence Rapchak

Larry served as Music Director of Chicago Opera Theater 

for five seasons, conducting the Chicago premieres of Berlioz’s 

“Beatrice and Benedict”, Ullmann’s “Kaiser of Atlantis” and Hagen’s 

“Shining Brow”.

 

He also led the company’s acclaimed recording of Menotti’s T

he Medium, of which the  British Opera - The Rough Guide said 

“this performance is so rivetingly theatrical, and much

of the praise should go to Lawrence Rapchak for his powerfully

atmospheric direction,” while Le Monde De La Musique wrote 

“Lawrence Rapchak conducts this compact drama 

perfectly”.

John C. Tibbetts

John Tibbetts

Larry served as Music Director of Chicago Opera Theater 

for five seasons, conducting the Chicago premieres of Berlioz’s 

“Beatrice and Benedict”, Ullmann’s “Kaiser of Atlantis” and Hagen’s 

“Shining Brow”.

 

He also led the company’s acclaimed recording of Menotti’s T

he Medium, of which the  British Opera - The Rough Guide said 

“this performance is so rivetingly theatrical, and much

of the praise should go to Lawrence Rapchak for his powerfully

atmospheric direction,” while Le Monde De La Musique wrote 

“Lawrence Rapchak conducts this compact drama 

perfectly”.

JOHN C. TIBBETTS IS AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF FILM & MEDIA STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, WHERE HE TEACHES COURSES IN FILM HISTORY, MEDIA STUDIES, AND THEORY AND AESTHETICS. HE IS AN AUTHOR, EDUCATOR, BROADCASTER, AS WELL AS AN ARTIST AND PIANIST. HE HOLDS A PH.D. FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS IN MULTI-DISCIPLINARY STUDIES (ART HISTORY, THEATER, PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM).

As a broadcaster and journalist and scholar he has hosted his own television show in Kansas City, Missouri; worked as a news reporter/ commentator for CBS Television (KCTV) and National Public Radio; produced classical music programming for KXTR-FM radio; written (and illustrated) ten  books, more than 200 articles, and several short stories.

Steve Robinson

Steve started his professional career in 1967 at WBUR/Boston while still he was majoring in music at Boston University.  As a paid staff member of this professionally operated station he produced six, two-hour classical music programs per week.  He also created a Saturday morning live call-in program about high fidelity called Shop Talk, which became the model for Car Talk, one of the most successful programs in public radio history.  

 

After WBUR, Steve held positions at WGBH and WCRB/Boston and KPFA/Berkeley.  In 1976 he was appointed the first development director of Vermont Public Radio (VPR).  At VPR he set a national record for VPR’s membership efforts and won his first national award for The Sky Report, a five-minute daily program about astrophysics that was syndicated throughout the U.S. 

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