Cold Doesn’t Bother Them Anyway: Artists Flock to Chicago to Audition for Disney’s “Frozen” Musical

Disney Theatrical Productions has come to Chicago to cast performers for its upcoming musical "Frozen" based upon the 2013 animated feature of the same name. Those auditioning spoke about themselves and what brought them to this particular audition.

By | January 13th, 2017|

LISTEN: Martin Luther King, Jr. Tells Studs Terkel About His Dream, the Dangers of Hate, and the Power of Love

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke with WFMT host Studs Terkel following his historic “I Have a Dream Speech." During their conversation, recorded at the Chicago home of Mahalia Jackson on October 22, 1964, Terkel asked King, “When did this dream first come to you?” Hear their full conversation below [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|

Hamburg’s spectacular Elbphilharmonie opens for 1st concert

BERLIN (AP) — Hamburg's spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert hall finally hosted its first concert on Wednesday night, several years behind schedule and far over the original budget. President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel were among the guests at the maiden concert that was conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock. The NDR [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|

“High Priestess” or “Master of an Art of Singing”? Changing the Conversation about Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson is undoubtedly one of the most influential singers of the 20th century. Learn about how musicians and music historians are changing the conversation about the "Queen of Gospel."

By | January 11th, 2017|

This Video of a Silver-Haired Soprano Singing a Verdi Aria is Sure to Leave You Feeling Warm & Fuzzy

Who says youth is wasted on the young? The silver-haired soprano Fausta Truffa hasn’t let her age stop her from sharing her remarkable gift. In this video below, Truffa sings the aria with accompanying chorus “La vergine degli angeli” from Verdi’s La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny). At [...]

By | January 10th, 2017|

This Video of Bernstein Scolding Two Percussionists Proves Playing Triangle is Harder Than You Think

Have you ever watched an orchestra play a piece in which the percussionists might only be called upon to play the occasional few measures on the kettle drum, or perhaps to add color here and there a little triangle? Maybe you say to yourself, “Looks pretty easy to me!” Well playing [...]

By | January 6th, 2017|
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