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Defiant Requiem Honors Holocaust Victims, Reminds Us: “The Arts Are Critically Important”

"What the Jews did at Terezín was reach for the best of mankind to help them endure the worst of mankind. This is what the arts can do. This is what the arts do do," says conductor Murry Sidlin

Composer Samuel Adams Explains How Schubert, J-Pop Inspired His First Work for the Chicago Symphony

31-year-old composer Samuel Adams didn’t yet have specific ideas in mind when he began his three-year residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra two years ago. Rather, he developed them as he got to know members of the orchestra and music director Riccardo Muti. Eventually, he decided that he wanted to write something that would “explore every possible extreme of what ...

Stream: This Rare Live Recording of ‘Queen of Gospel’ Mahalia Jackson Will Take You to Church

Hear a rarely-heard live performance by Mahalia Jackson’s broadcast from the Morrison Hotel in 1975 courtesy of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.

Harris Theater for Music and Dance Brings ‘Epic Masterworks’ to Chicago in 2017-18 Season

The newly announced season features the Monteverdi Choir, American Ballet Theatre, and the Mark Morris Dance Group performing "epic masterworks."

Ravinia Festival Shares Schedule for Summer ’17

This summer’s festival is anchored by the eighty-second annual residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

16-Year-Old Violinist Maya Buchanan Wins 2017 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition

For many musicians, the chance to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a dream gig. The Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition makes this dream come true for one young musician every year. On Saturday, March 11, four finalists competed in Symphony Hall for the chance to perform with the CSO during a youth concert in the ...

π This Fugue On Pi Will Totally Blow Your Mind π

Everybody loves a good fugue, but you’ve never heard a fugue like this before. This “Fugue on Pi” was uploaded by YouTuber Gregory Ristow on March 14, 2014. March 14th is, of course, Pi Day, since the date corresponds to the first several digits of pi. Pi is an infinite, irrational number that’s defined by the ratio of a circle’s ...

Travel Expert Rick Steves Reveals His Four Favorite Places to Hear Live Music in Europe

Rick Steves, America’s favorite European travel guide, said, “I don’t have the time to enjoy going to a lot of concerts in Europe because of the nature of my work, but I love music.” Even if you’re not jet-setting quite like Steves, you’re likely trying to pack a lot into your travels abroad. And if you’re curious to attend a ...

Chance the Rapper Gives $1 Million for Arts Ed in Chicago Public Schools, Goal to Raise $215 Million

Chance stated: "I'm committed to helping Chicago's children having quality learning experiences, experiences that include the arts."

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Us That Vivaldi Arranged His “Spring” Concerto for Chorus!?!?

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are some of the most frequently performed and instantly recognizable classical works today. The four concertos – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – were first published in 1725 in a larger collection of concertos called The Contest Between Harmony and Invention.

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