Lyric Opera, Blu Rhythm Collective honor slain Chicago teen Kevin Ambrose with song, dance, and spoken word
Kevin Ambrose, a theater student at Columbia College, loved to perform ever since he was a child, explained his mother Ebony. “I kind of grew up on Columbia’s campus, because my mom worked there,” Ebony said, “so I also grew up around the arts and always loved it. When it came time for me to have kids, I wanted them ...
VIDEO: Meet Jerry, Río, and Gratia – three of the most graceful dancers on four legs
Jerry, Río, and Gratia are three of the most beautiful dancers you’ll ever see. But unlike most dancers, they perform on four legs, not two.
How Hurricane Harvey has hit Houston’s arts community
Harvey has flooded every performing arts venue in the downtown district including the Wortham Theater Center, home to Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet, and Jones Hall, home to the Houston Symphony and the Society for the Performing Arts, according to Culturemap.com.
Around the World in 13 Days: Your Guide to the 19th Annual World Music Festival Chicago
The World Music Festival Chicago is the biggest festival of its kind in the U.S. The 2017 edition presents dozens of artists in 31 events across the city over 13 days from September 8th-24th. Here are some performances we don't want to miss.
From 17th century spectacle to contemporary classics, a first look at Chicago’s fall opera season
Whether you’re new to opera or consider yourself a connoisseur, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this fall in Chicago. Here are four operas we are excited to see in the coming months.
We tested earbuds ranging from $9.99 to $999.95 to find the best pair for listening to classical music. Here’s what we found.
Earbuds, earphones, in-ear monitors. There are a lot of products that allow you to listen to music on the go. But what makes them different and which ones are the best for your needs?
“I remember Lenny” | On Bernstein’s 99th Birthday, Carl Grapentine reflects on the man and his music
I grew up with Leonard Bernstein. No, I didn’t live anywhere near Lawrence, Massachusetts where he was born August 25, 1918. And he was more than thirty years older than I. But as a child growing up in the 1950s, I was the perfect age to enjoy The Mickey Mouse Club and Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts. I was 8 ...
Exploring Chords: Fairy Chord from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Inspired by the warm engaging humor of Shakespeare’s comedy, the young Mendelssohn composed an Overture to "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," a classical work with a hint of the romantic era to come. Hear why Bill McGlaughlin describes the chord progression that starts the Overture as the casting of a spell.
VIDEO: Watch this young pianist play ridiculously hard works by Chopin – blindfolded!
Frédéric Chopin’s Étude Op. 10, No. 4 and Prelude Op. 28, No. 16 are notorious for being among the composer’s most challenging works to play. And when pianist Aldric Gozon learned these two pieces, he didn’t stop at getting the notes right – he played both blindfolded. Chopin wrote Étude Op. 10, No. 4 in 1830 as part of his ...
This breakdance duet to Chopin’s “Fantaisie-Impromptu” will send you spinning
When Frédéric Chopin composed his Fantaisie-Impromptu, he probably didn’t expect for the work to serve as the music for a breakdance duet. But at Arabesque 2014, an international ballet competition hosted by the Perm Ballet Opera Theatre, one entry in the “modern choreography” category used Fantaisie-Impromptu for just that purpose. Fantaisie-Impromptu was written in 1834, but it wasn’t published until ...
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