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During her visit to Illinois, Laurie Rubin made stops at several Chicago area schools to speak about her music and her experience as a blind opera singer. (Photo submitted)
Erin Yarnall, Editor
2:30 am CDT April 5, 2019

When school was difficult for Laurie Rubin, she found solace in music.

The professional opera singer, who performed at Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall Feb. 23, would come home from school and play the piano or sing.

“When I started to go through some hard times in school, music was really where I found a lot of other friends outside of school,” Rubin said.

Rubin was born with Leber congenital amaurosis — an eye disorder that affects the retina, leaving her blind.