The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco illuminated for Pride Month (Photo: Flickr) The LGBTQ community has been central to the history of opera since its beginnings. One of the earliest operas to explore queer love as a central theme might be Charpentier’s David et Jonathas, first [...]
Performers dancing to Puerto Rican folk music styles bomba and plena. Arroz con gandules – a version of beans and rice using pigeon peas – is a staple of Puerto Rican cuisine. Because the dish is so affordable to prepare, it nourishes people from all walks of life [...]
This Chicagoan never expected to sing opera. Now she’s singing on one of the world’s largest stages.
Soprano Whitney Morrison began singing before she could even speak. Through her early years of singing in church, she never thought she would pursue a career in opera. Now, Morrison is one of 12 young artists selected for the 2017/2018 ensemble at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley [...]
In April 2017, 99 percussionists joined composer Marta Ptaszyńska for the world-premiere performance of her piece Voice of the Winds at the Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago. The performance was presented by the MCA-Chicago and Contempo of the University of Chicago Presents, of which Ptaszyńska serves as artistic director. [...]
Yo-Yo Ma, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Concert for Peace” Takes a Stand against Violence at South Side’s St. Sabina Church
Reverend Michael L. Pfleger and internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma unite against violence in Chicago at St. Sabina Church. (Photo: Todd Rosenberg) “Yo-Yo Ma wanted to meet with me, and I thought it was a joke,” Reverend Michael L. Pfleger said to an audience of over 1,000 people [...]
In January 2017, singer Luis Fonsi released “Despacito,” a reggaeton-pop song featuring rapper Daddy Yankee. “Despacito” has since become the first Spanish-language single to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 since “Macarena" (Bayside Boys Mix) held the spot in 1996. The track’s music video depicts Fonsi and Yankee performing [...]