Batter Up! 10 Tunes to Enjoy Between Baseball Innings

Got baseball on the brain? You’re definitely not alone! Here are some tunes you can enjoy in between innings this baseball season. "The Star Spangled Banner" is about as American as apple pie and baseball. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato garnered lots of attention for her performance of the National Anthem at game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Everybody knows this ...

9 Classical Works to Spice Up National Pumpkin Day

One of the best ways to celebrate National Pumpkin Day is with autumn-inspired music. Here are a few classical works to help you get into the spirit of the season.

3 Creepy, Classical Concerts to Hear on Halloween Weekend in Chicago

2010 Annual Halloween Concert, Witches of Yore with Barbara Schubert conducting the University Symphony Orchestra 2010 Annual Halloween Concert, Witches of Yore with Barbara Schubert conducting the University Symphony Orchestra Nosferatu with live organ accompaniment The full title of F. W. Murnau’s 1922 film is Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. Naturally, the best way to experience a “symphony of horror” ...

3 New-to-Chicago, Contemporary Operas You Can See During National Opera Week

National Opera Week 2016 is from October 28 to November 6. Why not celebrate by experiencing the Chicago premiere of a contemporary opera? You can see not one, not two, but three new-to-Chicago operas.

How “Rhapsody Rabbit” Caused Controversy At the Oscars

"Rhapsody Rabbit," released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 1946, has introduced many people to classical music. But did you know that it also introduced a bit of controversy at the 1946 Academy Awards?

Notorious RBG Makes Opera Debut in Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment”

Opera lover and Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has appeared in an opera before – at least, in a way. She is a character in Scalia/Ginsburg, a comic one act with words and music by Derrick Wang that had its world premiere in July 2015. But now, Ginsburg herself will appear in a production of Donizetti’s “The Daughter ...

Hear World Premiere by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer David Lang FREE This Weekend In Chicago

“One of the Arts Club’s greatest contributions in its early history is that it was a place where ‘unknown’ artists could come and talk about their work,” Lang said. “The Arts Club helped introduce America and Chicago to young artists and their work.” During its first three decades, the club presented composers Igor Stravinsky, Ottorino Respighi, Darius Milhaud, Aaron Copland, ...

Listening to Charles Ives Sing Charles Ives Is One of the Most Charming Things You’ll Ever Hear

Composer Charles Ives gave us wonderful works for solo instruments, voice, band, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. He also gave us some wonderful recordings of himself performing his own work. And while the composer was known for using polytonality and microtones, it seems that he may have introduced some of these things into performances of his vocal works accidentally. A quick ...

Stephen Colbert Orchestrates Live String Quartet Accompaniment to Final Presidential Debate

We all know that musical soundtracks can strongly influence how we perceive films, TV shows, and live performances. But what if the presidential debates had a soundtrack? Popular TV host Stephen Colbert has decided to orchestrate his own soundtrack to the final presidential debate between with the help of PUBLIQuartet. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will broadcast the quartet ...

Hear 6 New Works Inspired by Bach’s 6 Cello Suites

The works, commissioned by cellist Matt Haimovitz, include pieces by Philip Glass and Du Yun and offer reflection on the individual Bach suites.

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