VIDEO | Try a virtual sound therapy session to block out the noise in your life

Discover how Tibetan singing bowls, drums, and gongs can add harmony to your life in three virtual, video sound therapy sessions you can enjoy anywhere.

VIDEO | Watch Mozart’s Requiem with a Día de los Muertos twist

The Chicago Sinfonietta has made its Día de los Muertos concert a popular annual tradition. Día de los Muertos is a time to remember loved ones we have lost. The Sinfonietta celebrates the music of Latin American composers during its Día de los Muertos concerts. It also gives a New World twist to Old World classics like Mozart’s Requiem. Since ...

VIDEO | Pipa 101 with Wu Man

Pipa player Wu Man at Symphony Center in Chicago Pipa player Wu Man at Symphony Center in Chicago You may have heard the pipa before, even if you don’t know the instrument by name. Pipa player Wu Man said, “I think 98% of the audiences in my concerts have never heard the pipa.  Surprisingly, people will come up to me ...

The Film Score: Music for Halloween

The Film Score: Music for Halloween, hosted by Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, presents music from movies that explore the supernatural, the science-fictional, and the demonic (with a few laughs along the way). Look below for a preview of The Film Score: Music for Halloween and some of the spookiest sounds scored for the silver screen. The Film Score ...

Through a Farce Darkly: How a Glinka overture became the theme song for the sitcom Mom

Let’s pretend. Let’s pretend that one of the classical world’s most famous opera overtures is heard by some 12 million people, every week, on TV. More amazingly, it’s neither on a public television station nor the opening music for a roundtable news program. Instead, in this fantasy world it’s in a half-hour situation comedy created by the same man who’s brought to TV Big Bang Theory, Two and Half Men, Dharma and Greg, Cybil, Mike and Molly, and Young Sheldon, to name a few.

VIDEO | The most important advice that composer Ludovico Einaudi received from his mentor Luciano Berio

Ludovico Einaudi (Photo: Ray Tarantino) Composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi made history when he became the first musician to take all top 10 single positions in the iTunes classical chart in 2015. When visiting Chicago to perform at Symphony Center on October 24, 2017, Einaudi explained how being a performer influences his compositional process. He also described lessons he learned ...

Opera’s Most Ghastly Ghouls, Ghosts, And Goblins

The opera house can be a scary place – and we’re not talking about all those crazy singers and their shenanigans backstage! Many operas contain ghastly ghouls, ghosts, goblins, witches, dragons, and all kinds of crazy creatures. Here are some of the most frightening pieces from the history of opera.

Classical Music to Rattle Your Bones on Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead is about honoring friends and family who have left us. Enjoy these 13 pieces as you celebrate Día de los Muertos and remember your loved ones.

31 Freaky and Frightening Classical Works to Haunt Your Halloween

Whether you're looking for a spooky music as you wait for trick-or-treaters, or you need some music to accompany your own "danse macabre," we have your perfect Halloween soundtrack. This fiendish dance by Saint-Saëns is practically made for Halloween. It depicts Death waking the dead from their graves with his trusty fiddle at the stroke of midnight (signaled by 12 ...

Riccardo Muti and CSO dedicate performance to victims of Northern California fires during West Coast tour

From Kansas City to Los Angeles, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been spreading music across the country during the first of two U.S. tours during the 2017-18 season. This fall, the orchestra, led by Riccardo Muti, makes 9 stops in Kansas and the West Coast before embarking on an East Coast tour in early 2018. Yet the 2017 tour has ...

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