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Why the Beats of Bomba and Plena are as Essential to Puerto Rican Culture as Beans and Rice

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 [...]

By | June 16, 2017|Tags: |

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 [...]

By | June 14, 2017|

VIDEO: This is what it sounds like when 100 percussionists play together

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. [...]

By | June 13, 2017|

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 [...]

By | June 12, 2017|

10 Instrumental Covers of “Despacito” To Make You Swoon

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 [...]

By | June 12, 2017|Tags: |
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