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Yo-Yo Ma, Civic Orchestra Musicians to Present Benefit “Concert for Peace” at St. Sabina Church

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association today announced a Concert for Peace to be presented Sunday, June 11, at 4:00 pm at St. Sabina Catholic Church on Chicago’s South Side. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Chicago Symphony’s Creative Consultant, will join players from the Civic Orchestra, the CSOA’s training program for emerging professional musicians, and singers from the Chicago Children’s Choir. Performers ...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Librettist Mark Campbell Explains How to Write an Opera

Mark Campbell has written the words to over fifteen operas to date, making him one of the most active librettists alive. When Campbell visited the Windy City, he spoke about his work and explained, “how do you write an opera?”

Ravinia Announces Two-Season Leonard Bernstein Celebration, Curated by Conductor Marin Alsop

On May 9, 2017, The Leonard Bernstein Office announced “Leonard Bernstein at 100,” a two-year global celebration of Bernstein’s life and career. Following up on that announcement, the Ravinia Festival has announced its plans for a two-season Bernstein centennial celebration during the summers of 2018 and 2019. Conductor Marin Alsop, a Bernstein protégé, will be the musical curator for the ...

Composer Rodrigo Cadet Creates World-Premiere Works for Chicago Students to Teach About Mexico & Its Music

“Music is the perfect way to get to know other parts of the world,” said composer Rodrigo Cadet during a visit to Chicago from his native Mexico. “Sometimes you don’t have the time or means to travel to another place, but music can help you to do that.” As part of a yearlong residency, Cadet has been sharing his music ...

Conductor, MacArthur “Genius” Marin Alsop Explains “Why There Aren’t More Women on the Podiums”

When conductor Marin Alsop became the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2007, she was the first woman to hold this position with a major American orchestra. She’s also the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms, and the first conductor ever to receive a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. When Alsop was in the Windy City to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she spoke ...

This waltz once attributed to Strauss is actually by indigenous Mexican composer Juventino Rosas

The waltz is typically associated with composers from German speaking countries. The word waltz is, after all, German. Viennese composers like Beethoven and Schubert composed waltzes. Viennese composer Johann Strauss II was known as the “Waltz King.” But at the same time the Viennese were waltzing around ballrooms and clinking their champagne glasses, the people of Mexico were enjoying waltzes, ...

How Lydia Mendoza, the First Queen of Tejano Music, Crossed Borders and Shaped a Tradition

Decades before fans called Selena Quintanilla-Pérez the Queen of Tejano music, singer and 12-string guitarist Lydia Mendoza held the crown as Tejano music’s first female icon. Born in 1916 to parents who migrated to Texas during the Mexican Revolution, Mendoza began her music career in a family band that performed on street corners and in open-air markets to make ends ...

The Women of Nordic Affect Share What Makes the Music of Iceland Some of the Coolest Stuff on Earth

Learn about what makes Iceland's music scene so unique from the only group that's performed with both Björk and The English Concert.

Just TRY Not to Weep Listening to Lila Downs Sing This Classic Canción Ranchera, “La Cruz de Olvido”

Grammy Award-winning musician Lila Downs  was born in Oaxaca, Mexico to a British-American father and a mother with Native-American roots. Later, she grew up in Minnesota where she formed happy childhood memories, though also experienced shame and discrimination for the first time. “I grew up in a wonderful community that was very plural, though there weren’t too many Latinos,” she ...

“Females Disrupting The Tap World” Explore Dance, Art, and Gender with New “Hansel and Gretel”

For jorsTap Chicago, a company that describes itself as “females disrupting the tap world,” dance functions not only as a storytelling medium but as a way to create safe spaces. The company’s latest project is a gender-inclusive re-telling of Hansel and Gretel created in collaboration with multimedia artist David Lee Csicsko. The original tale of a brother and sister who ...

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