Ave Atque Vale: Hail and Farewell

As 2017 draws to a close, Baroque&Before remembers the life and work of three classical artists who died this past year.


From Ghetto to Palazzo: How a Jewish Composer in Renaissance Italy Harmonized Two Worlds

Salamone Rossi’s skill as a violinist and composer was highly valued at the Catholic court of Mantua, and he was officially exempted from wearing the yellow badge required of the Mantuan Jewish community. But as a Jew, he was still was seen as an interloper.

Tips to Rise to the Top in Music Competitions from 2017 Van Cliburn Winner Yekwon Sunwoo

When pianist Yekwon Sunwoo first entered the Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 2013, he was an alternate. This year, he took home the gold.

Video | Hear the Young Mariachi Ensemble from Chicago That’s Topping Charts and Winning Hearts

Chicago-based Mariachi Herencia de México released its debut album, "Nuestra Herenica" ("Our Heritage"), in early 2017 and it ranked No. 2 on the iTunes Latin chart in its first week. Since the ensemble is composed of pre-college musicians, the album may be the first major mariachi recording released in the United States by students.

Video | Watch Two of the World’s Best Tabla Players (Who Also Happen to Be Father and Son)

Watch Anindo Chatterjee and his son Anubrata prove why they are two of the best percussionists in the world.

Baroque Music Flourishes in the Gardens of William Christie

In 1985, William Christie, the founder and music director of the Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, was driving in the French countryside when he saw Thiré for the first time. Located in the Vendée region of France, an hour south of Nantes, Thiré has about 500 residents and is filled with sprawling corn and sunflower fields.

Lyric Opera, Blu Rhythm Collective Honor Slain Chicago Teen Kevin Ambrose with Song, Dance, and Spoken Word

Kevin Ambrose, a theater student at Columbia College, loved to perform ever since he was a child, explained his mother Ebony. “I kind of grew up on Columbia’s campus, because my mom worked there,” Ebony said, “so I also grew up around the arts and always loved it. When it came time for me to have kids, I wanted them ...

Video | Meet Jerry, Río, and Gratia: Three of the Most Graceful Dancers on Four Legs

Jerry, Río, and Gratia are three of the most beautiful dancers you’ll ever see. But unlike most dancers, they perform on four legs, not two.

From 17th Century Spectacle to Contemporary Classics, a First Look at Chicago’s Fall Opera Season

Whether you’re new to opera or consider yourself a connoisseur, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this fall in Chicago. Here are four operas we are excited to see in the coming months.

We tested earbuds ranging from $9.99 to $999.95 to find the best pair for listening to classical music. Here’s what we found.

Earbuds, earphones, in-ear monitors. There are a lot of products that allow you to listen to music on the go. But what makes them different and which ones are the best for your needs?

“I Remember Lenny” | On Bernstein’s 99th Birthday, Carl Grapentine Reflects on the Man and His Music

I grew up with Leonard Bernstein. No, I didn’t live anywhere near Lawrence, Massachusetts where he was born August 25, 1918. And he was more than thirty years older than I. But as a child growing up in the 1950s, I was the perfect age to enjoy The Mickey Mouse Club and Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts. I was 8 ...

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