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Cultural Center

Emerging from “Cultural Black-out”

Evacuating the paintings of London's National Gallery

Imagine the walls of the National Gallery stripped bare, a city of 8.6 million people shrouded in darkness; theaters, cinemas, museums – all shuttered. As England entered the Second World War, authorities quickly took measures to remove cultural assets, while reducing the potential for civilian casualties by strictly enforcing black-outs and quashing the city’s night life

Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble Live

Brass

Longtime principals of the Chicago Chamber Musicians continue the first Monday tradition of giving free lunchtime concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center. Trumpeters Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler will sit down with french horn player Gail Williams to play the bookends of the brass repertoire: arrangements of Renaissance and early Baroque pieces

How Good is Music Education in Chicago?

20-year-old Arianna Smith

On Wednesday the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts welcomes 20-year-old violist Arianna Smith in what’s really a homecoming. She grew up in St. Charles, Illinois, but has been studying at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. As a product of Chicago’s music community, Arianna has both the local perspective on music education as well as a national