Hear music inspired by some of Chicago’s most extraordinary buildings
Chicago is world-renowned for its architecture. Take a walk around the city, and chances are that you’ll encounter at least a few fantastic buildings. But did you know that Chicago’s architectural legacy has inspired music, too?
How Chicago Cubs organist Gary Pressy made it to the big leagues
Gary Pressy, an organist and lifelong Cubs fan, has been a signature part of games at Wrigley Field for over 30 years.
Meet organist Lori Moreland, one of the Chicago White Sox’s most valuable players
When organist Lori Moreland grew up rooting for the White Sox, she never thought that one day she would be one of the team's most valuable players.
Poland holds 1st Chopin contest on historical instruments
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The world’s first Frederic Chopin piano competition performed on instruments from the composer’s era has opened in Warsaw, aiming to revive the sound and technique of the music as it was written in the 19th century. Thirty pianists from the U.S., Japan, China, Russia and across Europe will perform works by Chopin and other Polish composers ...
How a Bach Minuet got a Motown Makeover
Bach’s Minuet in G major from the Notebooks for Anna Magdalena Bach is famous enough today that you may have even had it as your cell phone ring tone. One of the most famous arrangements of this Minuet was recorded by the Toys, a girl group from Jamaica, New York, as “A Lover’s Concerto.” The song was a #1 single in the US and reached #5 on the UK Global charts.
Classical music for pumpkin spice season that’s anything but basic
While we all love the classics like the “Autumn” concerto from Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons," here are some works that are a little less… common to cozy up with this fall.
Soundcheck: How live radio broadcasts are made
As the second hand ticks toward the top of the hour, the musicians on the other side of the glass finish tuning. The announcer puts on his headphones in anticipation of the cue: “And here’s your host…” The on-air light button is depressed, and the fader is raised. We are now live on the air. There is a certain excitement ...
One of Senator McCain’s last requests was for soprano Renée Fleming to sing at his memorial. She agreed.
Soprano Renée Fleming will perform at the Washington National Cathedral for the memorial service of late U.S. Senator John McCain.
Can classical music make you smarter?
To help you eliminate distractions and regain your focus, your favorite classical recordings might be just what you need. But, can classical music actually make you smarter?
Chicago’s top classical, jazz, and hip hop artists gather for a night of musical improvisation
Thursday, August 30, some of Chicago’s most acclaimed musicians gather at Thalia Hall in Pilsen for a night of completely improvised music.
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