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Music for a Blue Moon


Tonight, July 31, is the second full moon of the month, or what we call a blue moon. Of course, a blue moon doesn’t really appear blue; rather, it’s their more…

Tap Dancing Steps into the Future


The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) is currently presenting its 25th festival celebrating American tap and contemporary percussive arts, Rhythm World. I sat down with Lane Alexander, CHRP’s artistic director and co-founder, as well as several Rhythm World instructors and guest artists, to learn more about this unique festival, which honors tap’s past while helping it step into the future.

Dvořák Symphony No. 6

Thomas Wilkins conducts the Sunday Symphony by the prolific William Grant Still, the “Dean of all African-American composers.” The evening concludes with Dvořák’s beautiful large-scale work, his Sixth Symphony, which more…

Composer-Pianist Plays “Super” Music on Nintendo Themed Piano


It’s a truth universally acknowledged by music students around the world that at any given moment in any conservatory, there’s at least one person in the practice rooms playing Bach, more…

Vic Firth, Who Revolutionized Drumstick Manufacture, Dies at 85

Vic Firth

Vic Firth, the long time principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra who revolutionized the manufacture of percussion sticks and mallets, passed away Sunday at age 85. Seiji Ozawa, one more…

Spanish Dances

Music of Joaquin Turina and Enrique Fernández Arbós performed by Trio Voce.

6 of Muti’s Most Memorable Moments in Chicago

Riccardo Muti conducts Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  9/28/07,

Riccardo Muti, the celebrated conductor from Naples, Italy, came to Chicago in 2010 when he became the 10th music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since, Chicagoans have enjoyed many more…

Pianist Vladimir Feltsman in the Martin Theatre, recorded July 9, 2015

Schumann: Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op 15 Carnival Jest from Vienna, Op 26 Fantasy in C Major, Op 17

From YouTube to Lyric: Composer Jimmy López on his Operatic Debut

2. Lopez

Composer Jimmy López never could have imagined that uploading some of his music on YouTube could have landed him his first opera commission, and at Lyric Opera of Chicago, no less. Read more about the creation of this new opera before it has its world-premiere this fall in a behind-the-scenes interview with the composer during tech rehearsals.

Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto

Guest conductor Emmanuel Villaume returns to conduct an evening of European fare. You’ll be transported by Saint-Saëns’ keyboard gem with pianist Andrew von Oeyen, along with music celebrating the cities more…