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      Live From The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

      Jeremy Denk: From Bach and Schubert to Art Tatum.
      Tuesday at 7:00 pm

      Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Abdiel Vazquez, piano, performing works by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Wednesday at 12:15 pm

      Exploring Music With Bill McGlaughlin The Symphony part 8 looks at symphonic works from the late 19th century. May 2-6, 7:00 pm

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      • Cavalli’s Colorful “Calisto” Comes to Chicago

        calistoWhen you think of 17th century opera, drag and lesbian love scenes might not be the first things that pop into your mind. But both are at the heart of Cavalli’s La Calisto, which comes to Chicago in a new production by Haymarket Opera for two performances on May 6 & 8, 2016. Calisto, like more...
      • Baroque Opera Company Opera Atelier Performs for Justin Bieber, Receives $25,000 in Donations

        bieberMusical Toronto reported that over the weekend pop star Justin Bieber got an exclusive live performance by Opera Atelier, the Toronto-based company known for its lavishly produced baroque operas. Opera Atelier was invited to perform at an event celebrating the engagement of Bieber’s father, Jeremy, to Chelsea Rebelo, and naturally Justin Bieber himself was in more...
      • Rocker Alice Cooper Goes Classical to Reinvent Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” for the 21st Century

        alice-1920-1080-wallpaperPeter and the Wolf, with story and score by Sergei Prokofiev, has introduced countless children to classical music. Since it premiered in 1936, there have also been countless interpretations and reinterpretations of the piece. It has been narrated by everyone from Prokofiev’s immediate family members to musicians ranging from David Bowie to Jacqueline du Pré. Rocker Alice Cooper joined the illustrious list of narrators with the creation of a new, American version of this classic work: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood.
      • VIDEO: Ultraman Reveals New Superpower – Conducting

        Ultra_manUltraman, the superhero from the television series of the same name, recently revealed a new superpower: conducting. Ultraman was created in the 1960s for a series of 39 episodes produced by the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS). The hero fights off monsters and space aliens who terrorize innocent civilians, including, apparently concert goers. In the video below, more...
      • Why the Chinese Pipa is One of the Coolest Instruments You’ve Never Heard

        home-bg_sqAlright, so maybe you've heard the pipa before. Perhaps, though, you don't know it by name. In anticipation of her performance at the National Chinese Language Conference in Chicago, Wu Man discussed the pipa’s 2,000-year history and her diverse collaborations.
      • 20 Golden Rules for Singing Opera

        ppSinger Sophie Rennert has the internet in stitches with her Golden Rules for Singing Opera that she posted on her blog April 23, 2016. There's no shortage of digs about divas out there. But Rennert's Golden Rules pack a particular punch since she herself is a singer. What rules would you add to her list? Tell us in the comments.

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