Cellist William Cernota has been a member of Lyric Opera orchestra since 1982 and chairs the Lyric Opera Orchestra Members Committee. A dedicated musician, he is also a biological engineer, with a Masters degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. He has performed in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Solti, and has soloed in Strauss’ Don Quixote with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Polish composer, Witold Lutoslawski, was present at Orchestra Hall when Cernota played the composer’s works for cello with piano. Recently, Mr. Cernota has been heard in live broadcast recitals on WFMT with Eric Weimer, Lyric Opera assistant conductor and coach.
He lives by three inner directives: the search for truth in biological research, the pursuit of the communal good, and the creation of beauty through music. He quotes Plato “Music………gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything”.