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Archive for February, 2013

Exploring Black Music in America

Olaudah Equiano 1789

Tune in this week and next to Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, weeknights at 7:00 PM. Listen to Bill McGlaughlin. This week Bill digs into a treasure trove of music; starting in Africa and tracing an explosion of musical styles from colonial America to the present day. Some of the musical heroes include Duke Ellington,

Cube Returns to Live from WFMT

Cube Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

Monday 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM This year CUBE celebrates 25 years of keeping Chicago on the cutting edge of composition. The ensemble has presented dozens of contemporary works. This time they look back (sort of) to two sets of songs by Anton Webern. Webern continues to evoke surprise and wonder with audiences, though his

Grant Park Music Festival on the Horizon

photo by Norman Timonera

Who doesn’t long for Summer? The Grant Park Music Festival gives us one more reason to do so. Their new season is posted: 2013 Season | The Music | The Grant Park Music Festival And suddenly we are reminded why we live in a place that has winters like this. This free festival housed within

Imani Winds on WFMT’s Impromptu

The Imani Winds on WFMT's Impromptu

This group is a KICK. Their collaborations are truly inspired: Roberto Sierra, Wayne Shorter, Paquito D’Rivera. They do the old, the new–sometimes they write their own music. These conservatory musicians feed on new inspirations, while digging deeper into their classical roots.

About that Perfect Strad…

Jennifer Koh (photo by Juergen Frank)

Violin soloists quip that there are two kinds of people: Strad people and del Gesu people (Guarneri del Gesu). Jennifer Koh falls solidly in the camp of Antonio Stradivari.

Forbidden Love on Tuesday Night Opera

Richard Wagner, 1861

A Wagner opera based on Shakespeare?? Yes! But, adapted to his own libretto (as were all of Wagner’s operas). You will not want miss this ultra-rare opportunity to hear Wagner’s more…

Belonging to the Ages

Photo by Lewis Emory Walker, 1865

When Abraham Lincoln breathed his last, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton uttered the prescient phrase, “And now he belongs to the ages.” Around Chicago there are so many places called “Lincoln,” we readily speak his name without a thought to the man or his accomplishments. Tuesday morning between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM, take an hour to celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln with Carl Grapentine and WFMT. Selections include Civil War era works, plus music from Ken Burns’ landmark Civil War series and Steven Spielberg’s feature film “Lincoln.”

How Long Is this Opera?!?!

David McVicar

5 1/2 hours of Wagner gives one pause. On the other hand, the score is a delight. The story is a delight. Adding singers like James Morris and Johan Botha doesn’t hurt; and add to that a director like David McVicar, this might be the one you don’t want to miss.

Die Meistersinger Comes to Lyric Opera of Chicago

Photo by Robert Kusel

Ever the radical, Wagner must have amused himself, poking fun at the musical establishment. He sidestepped the mythology and magic of his other works to write a romantic comedy. Die more…

Building Bridges through Music

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian/Israeli West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Carnegie Hall tonight West-Eastern Divan at Carnegie.