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Archive for October 31, 2014

She’s One in Forty Million; Yuja Wang Comes to Chicago

Chinese-American pianist Yuja Wang

When pianist Yuja Wang comes to Chicago this weekend, she will meet the NCPA Orchestra in the morning; rehearse and perform that afternoon. That’s pretty normal for this 27-year-old artist, who is fast becoming one of the hottest pianists today.

She admits not having personal time, and commits herself to a large swath of repertoire in short order. “I think I like that, lot’s of variety, old and new.

Lyric Opera Timeline: the First 60 Years

The interior of Chicago's Civic Opera House

In 1952, a student singer named Carol Fox got to chatting with her vocal coach, Nicola Rescigno, and insurance man Lawrence Kelly about ways to sustain an opera company in Chicago – a series of previous attempts had ended in bankruptcy. They agreed, if they were to attempt such a venture, they would need to marshal community support – and what better way to recruit supporters than to show them an opera? In February 1954