Also featured in this program are works by living composer Menachem Wiesenberg and a Shostakovich symphony conducted by Yaniv Dinur. 10:00 pm.
“I auditioned for a music school with two hundred other children. They chose seven children to study.”
"It’s a piece that I remember begging my teacher to learn when I was 14 or 15 years old."
Cellist Kian Soltani explains why classical musicians should stay curious [Video]
“I would not consider myself a composer at all,” says Kian Soltani, shortly after playing a piece of music that he composed called Persian Fire Dance. “I’m really a cellist first and foremost, but I try to be creative also.”
May the Scores be With You — Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joins forces with John Williams
Imagine the scrolling main title of Star Wars or wizards taking flight in Harry Potter without triumphant brass and sweeping strings. These cinematic moments would lose their emotional resonance without the iconic music of John Williams.
Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, has died
HAVANA (AP) — Alicia Alonso, the revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba’s socialist system, died Thursday at age 98.
2020 is the Year of Chicago Music, Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events announces
DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly stated that the year will highlight Chicago’s “big bold sounds” and show the world the city's “proudly undefined” music scene.
Enrique Mazzola on his appointment as Lyric’s music director designate and why Luisa Miller is essential Verdi
"You have to know that I am a very curious musician..." said Enrique Mazzola, wearing his trademark red glasses. In September, the Italian conductor was appointed Lyric Opera of Chicago's music director designate.
What makes a Verdi baritone? Sherrill Milnes and Quinn Kelsey explain
There are baritones, and then there are Verdi baritones. They are the elite performers, athletes among baritones, thrilling their fans with blazing top notes and plumbing the depths of some of the most dramatically complex roles in opera.
10 Jazzed Up Versions of Chopin Classics
Frédéric Chopin is one of the most beloved composers of all time. Here are 10 jazz versions of Chopin that will have you listening to old favorites with new ears.
Late opera star Jessye Norman’s US hometown honors her life
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The hometown of renowned opera star Jessye Norman is continuing four days of honoring her life. Augusta, Georgia, officials plan on Friday to name the street outside the arts school Norman opened in 2003 after her.
Promoting dialogue through opera — Jake Heggie and Sister Helen Prejean talk Dead Man Walking in Lyric panel [Video]
“There are very few places, it seems to me, where people go to reflect as a community… The opera house, or the concert hall, is one of those sacred spaces where you go to connect and communicate with each other as a community,” reflected composer Jake Heggie during a panel about his opera, Dead Man Walking, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Pianist Lucas Krupinski performs music of Schubert, Chopin, and Ravel [Video]
Award-winning pianist Lucas Krupinski is no stranger to the music of Chopin — he was a semi-finalist in the 17th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition. So it was no surprise when the young Polish pianist gave a sensitive, dynamic performance of ...
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