Celine Dion diagnosed with rare neurological disorder
In emotional video messages posted in French and English on Thursday on Instagram, Dion said stiff person syndrome was causing spasms that affect her ability to walk and sing.
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Hear These Uncovered Piano Masterworks from Haiti
Haitian composer Ludovic Lamothe has been nicknamed the “Black Chopin” because of his virtuosic writing for the piano. Lamothe is scarcely the only composer from Haiti to compose incredible keyboard works. For centuries, Haitian composers have brought African, French, and Spanish influences together to create pieces – particularly for piano – that reflect the island nation’s cultural identity. Many of ...
Hear Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Take on Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’
Unlike Vivaldi’s concertos, Piazzolla’s Four Seasons wasn’t originally intended to be a series.
After Gathering Dust for 200 Years, How Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 Was Rediscovered
Franz Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 collected dust for nearly 200 years in the National Museum in Prague before it became a staple of the cello repertoire. Music historians had always known of the concerto’s existence, thanks to Haydn’s diligent records: the work is included in both of his personal catalogues, dating it circa 1765. Beyond those brief mentions, ...
Check Out the Sights and Sounds of Chicago’s Only Classical Music Street Fest
In the summer, Chicago is teeming with block parties and street fests. Over the weekend, the Thirsty Ears Classical Music Street Festival filled the block of Wilson Avenue between Ravenswood and Hermitage with music you won’t likely hear at other Chicago street fests – or at least, not in this format. Thirsty Ears, a two-year-old project of the Chicago organization ...
Hear the Mass Some Believe Saved Church Music
You may not be familiar with his music, but we all benefit from his work. Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is often called the "Savior of Church Music."
The Secrets to Heavenly Singing from Peter Phillips, Conductor and Founder of the Tallis Scholars
"A choir is like any instrument. But because it's people, a choir is an instrument that varies far more than a string orchestra would vary, for example, or an organ."
Help Us Decide if Chopin’s ‘Marche Funèbre’ Played Backwards Is More Morose Than the Original
The third movement of Frédéric Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 35 – better known as his “Marche funèbre,” or funeral march – is one of the most iconic pieces of music ever written about death. Historians believe this somber movement was inspired, at least in part, by the November Uprising, a Polish rebellion against the Russian ...
9 New Concert Halls That Should Be on Every Traveler’s Bucket List
Concert halls today are so architecturally innovative that the buildings themselves draw visitors. The venues on this list are so spectacular, they’ll be sure to have you checking to see just how many more vacation days you have left.
Chicago Celebrates 50 Years of ‘Everyone’s Picasso’ with Music and More
For 50 years, the sculpture, known simply as the Chicago Picasso, has delighted and baffled passersby. The artist never revealed his inspiration.
Video: After Coming Out as Gay, This Russian Violinist Can’t Return Home. This Is How Music Helped Him Find Acceptance.
For violinist Artem Kolesov, leaving his home country didn’t just offer the opportunity for professional advancement, it was also a chance to escape a life of constant fear and persecution.
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