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The True Origins of Gershwin’s “Summertime”

11/14/14 2:15:21 PM 

Lyric Opera Presents
George Gershwin's 
Porgy and Bess
Eric Owens stars (Porgy)
Adina Aaron (Bess)
Jermaine Smith (Sportin' Life), 
Eric Greene (Crown), and 
Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi (Clara)

 © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2014

“Summertime” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is doubtless one of the one most popular songs in the Great American Songbook. But did you know that neither the tune to more…

Barbara Gaines, Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Artistic Director, Shares her Favorite Theater Music


Have you ever wondered what music stage directors love? Barbara Gaines, founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, told us her favorite music for the theater. Gaines is the winner more…

We Asked Kids To Write Short Stories Inspired by Classical Music And The Results Were Amazing


Literature has inspired many great pieces of music over the centuries. We wanted to know what great literature newcomers to classical music would write. So we asked the young folks more…

Mystery Writer Sara Paretsky’s 5 Favorite Pieces of “Mysterious” Classical Music


Chicago-based writer Sara Paretsky is known for her crime and detective novels, particularly her series about the fictional private investigator V.I. Warshawski. Paretsky, a longtime fan of classical music, continues to incorporate elements of music in her novels. Here are her favorite pieces of classical music that have an air of mystery about them.

Blair Tindall, Author of “Mozart in the Jungle,” on Her Best-Selling Book and the Hit TV Series


Blair Tindall’s book, Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, shocked readers a decade ago when it exposed some of the low points of high culture. Written largely more…

Sono Osato, 96, Reflects on Dancing With the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo


“I think I am one of the few American dancers who ever saw the Diaghilev ballet at the peak of its glory,” Sono Osato begins her autobiography Distant Dances. At more…

Twyla Tharp’s Top 10 Tunes in 50 Years of Dance


At age 74, choreographer Twyla Tharp is touring around the United States on her 50th-anniversary tour with Twyla Tharp Dance. She is perhaps the most widely-recognized name in modern dance because of the incredible impact she has had in the field over five decades. Tharp reflected on her 50 years as a professional dancer and shared ten of the pieces of music that have inspired her most throughout her career.

5 Women on Being Modern Women in Dance


The 9th Chicago Dancing Festival presented its first ever Modern Women program, highlighting the important contributions of women in dance both past and present: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Kate Weare, and Pam Tanowitz, Crystal Pite. I spoke with women from each of the five companies on the program about women’s roles in dance, both as dancers and as choreographers.

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.

QUIZ: Can We Guess What Broadway Show You Should Star In?


Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name in lights on the Big White Way? With the 69th Annual Tony Awards coming up just around the corner, take this quiz to see if we can guess what Tony Award winning Broadway musical YOU should star in.