By Donna Marbury Chicago and Paris have more in common than most people realize. After the 1909 Chicago fire, the city was redesigned to be ‘Paris on the Prairie.’ In 1996, both cities officially became sisters. Conductor John Nelson’s Chicago Bach Project, a transplant from the City of Lights to the Windy City, is more… Continue reading From the City of Lights to Windy City, B Minor Mass now a Chicago tradition
By Donna Marbury Trying to keep still during one of Fela Kuti’s percolating Afro Beat fiestas is a feat. If the clinking percussion doesn’t get your shoulders shimmying, the groove of the rhythm guitar will surely induce a head nod. By the time Fela’s voice arises from the festival of sounds, you may find yourself… Continue reading Fulcrum celebrates rhythm and dance with Fela Kuti’s music
Playing in a rock band and composing music for ballerinas is all in a day’s work for Ben Juodvalkis.
The Chicago Q Ensemble by Donna Marbury Don’t ask them what the “Q” stands for because they won’t tell. By the time you hear their music, it won’t matter. A performance by the Chicago Q Ensemble won’t be as hushed and cross-legged as your typical chamber music event. “Audience members can order a beer or… Continue reading Chicago Q Ensemble: What does that Q mean?
By Donna Marbury, Chicagomusic.org Clarinetist and Chicago native Anthony McGill says it is always a pleasure to perform in his hometown. As a guest performer at Chicago Sinfonietta’s tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he says he looks forward to performing on of his favorite pieces, Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland, under the direction… Continue reading Special guests, global music highlight annual Sinfonietta Martin Luther King Day concert
Nov 29, 2012 For the past year, top executives at Abbott Laboratories have been trying to convince investors that the impending spinoff of the North Chicago medical-product giantʼs pharmaceutical division, set for January 1, will make the 125-year-old company a more valuable stock holding. At the same time, executives also predict that the new spinoff… Continue reading As Abbott and AbbVie move toward split-up, Wall Street waits
Nov 27, 2012 Adrienne Nudo started her holiday shopping at eight stores on Monday without leaving her home. The Cyber Monday shopper said the convenience of online shopping, coupled with incentives from her favorite stores might have her shopping in front of the computer all holiday season long. “I just like shopping online. With deals… Continue reading Chicago shoppers say Cyber Monday is an easy sell
Nov 15, 2012 When Melonie Boone was laid off from her human resources job after a lucrative 12-year career, her entrepreneurial instincts kicked in. Instead of refreshing her resume and looking for a new position, she decided to start her own HR consulting firm in 2010. “When I got laid off I started thinking about… Continue reading Chicago entrepreneur grows HR business through networking
Oct 31, 2012 Divya Mohan Little had to be strategic when it came to keeping her familyʼs health care affordable. “I'm lucky enough to be employed by an organization that values access to high quality affordable health care,” said Little, communications director of Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition. “However, my husband is a… Continue reading Employers are paying more for health-care costs