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 first music lessons from his father. “When I was six or seven years old, he taught me how [...]

By | March 29th, 2017|

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 formative years in England, India, and the United States. Touring first with her father Pandit Ravi Shankar and [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|

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 so lyrical, in fact, that he adapted over 100 of them into an opera about Chopin himself. Chopin, [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|

Watch “Invitation to a Die-In,” A Moving Musical Memorial to Unarmed Black Men Killed by Police

Invitation to a Die-In by Nkeiru Okoye was commissioned to remember Trayvon Martin, pictured above In 2015, American police officers killed 346 black people, nearly one third of which were identified as unarmed. That year, Nkeiru Okoye began creating a “sung story” that is both “monodrama and performance [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|
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