A 'Double Life': Suburban Parents By Day, Celebrated Musicians By Night

musicians working parentsBy Benazir Karim

If you see Stacey Shames and Tim Ries pushing a cart in a Costco in New Jersey, the couple would seem to be like any other suburban parents. But their nights are spent on their passion: music.

A Juilliard-trained harpist, Shames performs as a soloist with several orchestras, such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and she also plays with her own group, the Aureole Trio. Her husband, Tim Ries, is a jazz saxophonist who tours with the Rolling Stones, among other bands, sometimes away for months at a time.

Married for 22 years, the couple have three daughters -- one who is 18 and twins, aged 9. "It's definitely a challenge, managing the lives of two freelance musicians as well as a more traditional life at home," says Shames, noting that when her husband returns from his "sometimes glamorous" life on tour to suburbia, the couple call it "re-entry."

Shames, for her part, sometimes feels as though she has a "double life," but she says that she wouldn't have it any other way. Neither she nor her husband were "cut out for a normal 9 to 5 job."

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Guitarist Giuliano Belotti and soprano Rosa Betancourt performed other works, including song cycles by award-winning composer and Juilliard teacher Ricardo Llorca, who attended the event. Belotti especially delighted in two familiar pieces, "Asturias" and "Cadiz" by Isaac Albeniz.

May 08 2012 at 4:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


May 08 2012 at 3:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How is this a double life? They have jobs and they have a home life. Isn't this how pretty much everybody lives?

May 08 2012 at 2:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For job site it kind of stinks.

May 08 2012 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Imagine there use to be way more information available on the Internet now when you google something or whatever search you use there seems to be a limit of return matches etc.

It must be a conspiracy to limit their effort and costs in getting you data.

May 08 2012 at 1:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They both appear by the story to be gifted and connected. Everyone can't be a gifted so why torment others are a lot less fortunate? Things are tough right now for a lot of other people or haven't the authors been reading the posts?

Send your happy go lucky stories to the tabloids an stop looking to push buttons for ha ha's

May 08 2012 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wonder where the writer found this picture. If their daughter is 18 and their twins are 9, that picture if from the archives. It seems that no one proofreads anything before publishing.

May 07 2012 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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that or they figured that photo was more "bankable" as it made them seem more relatable as a "family" image.

May 08 2012 at 1:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Double Life? Wow we all have double lives! We all work hard. My cousin's father has two jobs, one at 8:00am. - 4pm. And then again at night from 7:30pm-1:00. He sure is a harder worker but he ain't bragging. We all DO the best WE CAN!

May 07 2012 at 8:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What makes this couple special? We all lead a double life when we work and raise a family, they should not be
pointed out as special because they are muscians, kind of snobby, no?

May 07 2012 at 8:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to rivenjo's comment

They are paying double when they have to buy a warehouse card to get in the place!

May 08 2012 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Soundsl like a Beatle's song.

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