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Archive for August, 2013

1967: Studs at the Unveiling of the Picasso

untitled sculpture by Pablo Picasso at Daley Plaza in Chicago

Best of Studs Terkel August 15th, 1967: On that day Chicago’s Mayor Richard J. Daley unveiled Pablo Picasso’s great gift to Chicago, a massive 50′ tall abstract sculpture. It still more…

Going Authentic: CSO and Flamenco

Marina Heredia, photo by Antonio Panizza

See video of flamenco star Marina Heredia who sings music by Falla on the CSO broadcast on Sunday. Spanish music was the ‘new black,’ when Cádiz-native Manuel de Falla came of age. All the best composers scored hits writing Spanish music. When he took himself to Paris to refine his skills as a composer, Manuel de Falla was nonplussed–none of those composers were Spanish

Ravinia Broadcast

Ravinia Music Director, James Conlon, works with Steans fellow Janai Brugger

Monday, August 19, at 8:00 PM–This season Ravinia’s summer conservatory, the Steans Institute of Music, celebrates 25 years. To honor the anniversary, a number of singers from the vocal program premiered songs written for the occasion by a veritable ‘who’s who’ of American composers; including Jake Heggie, Aaron Jay Kernis, Stephen Paulus, Roberto Sierra, Ramsey Lewis, and Augusta Read Thomas.

Bill McGlaughlin: The Secret of the Dvorak Cello Concerto

Bill McGlaughlin, host of Exploring Music, photo by Bill Richert

Cellist Carter Brey is one of the top players these days. He’s in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. He also keeps a day job as principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic. On The New York Philharmonic This Week, he moves to center-stage to perform as soloist in the Dvorak Cello Concerto.

As told by Bill McGlaughlin, there’s more to this concerto than meets the ear

On-Demand: Hear Valentina Lisitsa Playing Für Elise

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What’s the most famous piece by Beethoven? Is it Beethoven’s 5th? Is it the 9th? Maybe. What about the little number that gets played on every electric keyboard in every shopping mall across the land? Every kid knows the opening E to D-sharp figure, piano student or not. YouTube lists over 380,000 videos

Download the Libretto for Tuesday Night Opera’s “Rigoletto”

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Before there were supertitles, there were books; marvelous editions with printed music, the composer’s stage directions, and the English text, side-by-side with the original. What more could an iPad user want?

On-Demand: Hear Ravinia Soprano–UPDATE

Soprano Simone Osborne

Canadian soprano Simone Osborne is one of the youngest to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She’ll be part of a broadcast showcasing some of America’s leading composers honoring the 25th anniversary of Ravinia’s Steans Institute; date to be determined.

A Living Legend at Lincoln Center

Drummer Roy Haynes

Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Lester Young, Bud Powell, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonius Monk…A list of Roy Haynes’ collaborations reads like the alpha and the omega of jazz. At 88 years old, Haynes does what he wants, whether it’s sitting in with members of Phish

Making “Contact!” with Composers (Not Dead)

David Robertson, photo from the St. Louis Symphony

Being there at the birth of anything, even a new work of art, is a visceral experience. It’s important for the public to talk to the artists, ask questions, smell the paint, as it were; and lean in close, to see all the bumps and brushstrokes. It’s a time-honored process that reaffirms: art exists for people—and for their whole range of reactions

Chicago Month Spotlight: Music of the Baroque

Nicholas Kraemer

Hear MOB on Friday at 8:00 PM. Music of the Baroque focuses on 18th century repertoire, and is one of Chicago’s premiere Classical ensembles. This particular program features Baroque specialist Nicholas Kraemer leading the ensemble in a range of instrumental works. MOB also has a reputation for presenting the great choral repertoire