Listen to the one Cuban singer that Omara Portuondo of Buena Vista Social Club wants everyone to hear
Omara Portuondo Performer Omara Portuondo is perhaps best known for her work with the Buena Vista Social Club, a Cuban musical group that became an international sensation in the 1990s. An Academy Award-nominated documentary film, The Buena Vista Social Club, helped to introduce the music of Cuba and Portuondo’s [...]
Three cajón players partake in Cajón de Muertos, a Santería ceremony, in Havana, Cuba. Explore music of Cuba’s greatest composers, past and present, as KAIA String Quartet takes you on a musical journey throughout Latin America. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, will share the music of Cuba weekdays from June 26-30 [...]
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Judy Garland introduced “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in The Wizard of Oz, and she sang it for the rest of her life. Operatic soprano Renata Scotto used it as her signature encore at solo recitals. And more recently, and very memorably, Ariana Grande sang it to end One Love Manchester, [...]
LGBTQ pride month is upon us and while these songs may not be what you hear at the parades, they’re sure to bring some sunlight to your rainbow. These LGBTQ artists and composers have contributed to our cultural life for more than a century. Learn more about them below and [...]
Vincenzo Bellini’s opera "Norma" is so beautiful, it has inspired a dish: pasta alla Norma. When conductor and cook Riccardo Frizza led performances of "Norma" in Chicago, he shared his recipe.