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Composer Creates Music Major for Persecuted Bahá’ís in Iran Despite No Classrooms, Teachers, Piano

Composer Badie Khaleghian helped establish a four-year music program through the Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education in his native Iran Growing up in Kerman, Iran, composer Badie Khaleghian received his [...]

By | March 29th, 2017|News|

Sitarist Anoushka Shankar on Sexism, Collaboration, Her Return “Home” to the United States

Anoushka Shankar (Photo: Yuval Hen for Deutsche Grammophon) Sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar has lived her life around the world. Born in London, a city she currently calls home, Shankar spent her [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|News|

Did You Know There’s an Opera About Chopin With a Score That Combines Over 100 of His Melodies?

Wrocław Opera's 2010 revival of Orefice's Chopin. (Source: photographytheatre) The music of Frédéric Chopin is beloved for its incredible lyricism. Italian composer Giacomo Orefice thought the Polish virtuoso’s works were [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|News|

“Defiant Requiem” Commemorates Holocaust Victims, Reminds Us: “The Arts Are Critically Important”

"What the Jews did at Terezín was reach for the best of mankind to help them endure the worst of mankind. This is what the arts can do. This is what the arts do do," said conductor Murry Sidlin

By | March 20th, 2017|News|

Composer Samuel Adams Explains How Schubert, J-Pop Inspired His First Work for the Chicago Symphony

Samuel Adams (Photo: Lenny Gonzalez) 31-year-old composer Samuel Adams didn’t yet have specific ideas in mind when he began his three-year residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra two years ago. [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|News|

Harris Theater for Music and Dance Brings “Epic Masterworks” to Chicago in 2017-18 Season

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance announced some of the lineup for its 2017-18 Harris Theater Presents performance series, which features the Monteverdi Choir, American Ballet Theatre, and the Mark Morris [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|News|
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