QUIZ: Can You Name These Unusual Instruments?

March is Early Music Month. Test your knowledge of early music by seeing if you can name these predecessors of our modern instruments.

Ravinia Festival Announces Schedule for Summer 2017

Ravinia Festival president and CEO Welz Kauffman have announced the lineup for this summer’s festival, anchored by the eighty-second annual residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The festival and the CSO have extended their summer-residency contract through 2026. James Levine returns to conduct the orchestra and the CSO Chorus in Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation. Also returning is guest conductor Susanna ...

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 the Rapper, a Chicago native and recent Grammy Award-winning artist, announced that he will donate $1 million to support arts and enrichment programs in Chicago Public Schools. The announcement came about a week after his meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss funding for CPS. Chance described the meeting as “unsuccessful.” “I’m honored to make this donation to [CPS] to help cultivate ...

Now’s Your Chance to Own a Mozart Autograph Score

Have you ever wanted to have an original autograph score by one of your favorite composers? Now might be your chance to own music penned by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s own hand. A page of his  “Antretter” Serenade in D Major (K 185) is currently listed by RR Auction in Boston, Massachusetts. Mozart likely composed the Serenade in 1773 to commemorate ...

Why didn’t anyone tell us sooner 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. You’ve likely heard The Four Seasons not just in their original forms, performed as instrumental concertos ...

Why Chopin Composed Fewer Works for Piano and Orchestra Than You Can Count on Your Two Hands

The majority of Chopin’s surviving works are for the piano. Surprisingly, however, the composer only left us with two piano concertos and a handful of other works for piano and orchestra. Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, who recorded Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon, reflected on these works and why Chopin didn’t write more of them. Expanding the ...

Meet the Real Star of “La La Land,” Academy Award-Winning Composer Justin Hurwitz

La La Land, an original movie musical that recently won 6 Academy Awards, has sung and danced its way onto the big screen and into the hearts of millions. The film tells the love story of Mia and Sebastian, two artists trying to break into the competitive world of LA’s entertainment industry. While mega stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling portray ...

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