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Composer Leila Adu Fights Racial Violence With Music


Can you imagine a day when senseless violence does not plague our society? In light of recent events, that’s no easy task. In response to racial violence against African Americans, composer Leila Adu has turned to music.

Opening Night at Grant Park Music Festival


Thousands attended the opening night concert of the 2015 Grant Park Music Festival last night, Wednesday, June 17. Despite downpours earlier in the day, the sun was shining and everyone was eager to more…

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Join Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for a spectacular opening night featuring Russian piano sensation, Yevgeny Sudbin, making his Festival debut. The evening concludes with Beethoven’s rhythmically charged more…

Here and Now 1: Music of Stacy Garrop and Dan Visconti

The Brush Is Mightier Than The Sword: Kerry James Marshall On Art, Music for Social Change


On a rainy Monday, I arrived at Kerry James Marshall’s studio dripping wet – not exactly how I envisioned meeting one of my favorite living artists. And he isn’t just any artist. He’s a MacArthur Genius! His paintings were just featured in the Central Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

INTERVIEW: How A Vow of Silence Earned Monks a #1 Album


Mozart once said, “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” Truer words could not be said about the Monks of Norcia. This group of Benedictine more…

10 Signs June is Bustin’ Out All Over

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March went out like a lion a-whippin’ up the water in the bay. Then April cried and stepped aside, and along came pretty little May! May was full of promises, but she didn’t keep ’em quick enough for some. And a crowd of Doubtin’ Thomases was predictin’ that the summer’d never come. But it’s comin’ by gum!

QUIZ: What Strauss Opera Are You?


Celebrate Strauss by taking this fun quiz. Are you effervescent like “Capriccio”? Are you fantastic like “Die Frau ohne Schatten”? Find out what opera you are!

How One Chord Changed the World: “Tristan” at 150

"Tristan und Isolde" at the Vienna State Opera, 2013. Production by David McVicar.

If you’re a music lover, you may have heard of the so-called “Tristan chord” from Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde. Audiences were stunned to hear this infamous harmony when the opera premiered on June 10, 1865 more…

What if Nina Simone Were a Classical Pianist?


Did you know that before Nina Simone became one of America’s most iconic jazz musicians that she wanted to have a career as a classical pianist? With the release of more…