The 1 Concert That Inspired Riccardo Muti to Create the Chicago Symphony’s African American Network

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra recently launched its African American Network. The network’s mission is to “to engage Chicago’s culturally rich African American community through the sharing and exchanging of unforgettable musical experiences while building relationships for generations to come.” Surprisingly, though, CSO music director Riccardo Muti was inspired to create the network because of a concert he conducted in Philadelphia ...

VIDEO: What New York City Ballet Choreographer Justin Peck Listens for When Picking Music for Dance

Renowned choreographer Justin Peck took a break from his rehearsals with the Joffrey Ballet at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago to explain what he listens for when selecting music to choreograph.

This is What It’s Like to Attend the Grammy Awards

The first thing that often comes to mind when one hears the word Grammy is the CBS telecast, but the Recording Academy is so much more than the telecast.

“Single Ladies” Set to Shostakovich Proves That Beyoncé Can Slay All Day, Even to Classical Music

Is there anything Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter cannot do? YouTuber unconservatory has proved that the choreography to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” looks good even set to Shostakovich. In the video below, you can see her dance to the syncopated rhythms of the scherzo from Shostakovich’s 10th symphony. This isn’t the only time someone has done a classical mash-up with Beyoncé’s iconic music ...

Hear Adele’s “Send My Love” From Her Grammy Award-Winning Album “25” Arranged for String Quartet

“Wouldn’t it be great if you had a string quartet that could play….?” That’s the question that started Vitamins String Quartet, which recently released arrangements of your favorite Adele songs.

These Gifs of Dorothy Dandrige Will Make You Love “Carmen Jones” Better Than Bizet’s Original Opera

If you aren’t familiar with Carmen Jones, the all-African American adaption of Bizet’s Carmen, you sure have been missing out. Carmen Jones was first created as a live theatrical production that premiered on Broadway in 1943. Robert Russell Bennett adapted Bizet’s original score. None other than Oscar Hammerstein II created the English language book and lyrics. The story of Carmen ...

Mezzo-Soprano Vivica Genaux Shares Her Secrets to Singing Clear, Clean, Lightning Quick Coloratura

Have you ever wondered how opera singers are able to sing so many notes so easily? Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, known for her incredible coloratura, shared some her secrets to singing.

German town stops playing kids’ song after vegan complains

BERLIN (AP) — A town in Germany has stopped playing a popular children’s song about a fox who steals a goose after a complaint from a vegan. Limburg’s town spokesman Johannes Laubach told the dpa news agency Thursday a local woman had asked the mayor to remove the tune from the town hall’s mechanical carillon. Laubach said the mayor had ...

The Black Composer Speaks Celebrates 3 Generations of Composers in 1 Night on Chicago’s South Side

Composer and cellist Tomeka Reid presents the world premiere of "Present Awareness" alongside the works of Alvin Singleton, Olly Wilson, and Kahil El’ Zabar.

Frederick Douglass Owned a Copy of a Stradivarius, His Grandson Played for Two Presidents

Frederick Douglass wasn’t just an abolitionist leader, author, and statesman – he was also a music lover. He wrote passionately about the importance of music in communities of enslaved people in his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. In fact, he wrote that music gave him his “first glimmering conception of the dehumanizing character of slavery. I can never ...

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