There comes a time in every artist's life where she must decide: continue down a well-worn path of familiarity or toe the grasses of something new. And sometimes life's own plot twists make those decisions for you. Renee was here. Two years ago ReneeDion's soulful sound could be heard on on music blogs across the… Continue reading ReneeDion illuminates new sound, new life on Moonlight
Graduation has come and gone! I was honored to not only receive my master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, but also receive the Bernard Gordon Entrepreneurial Award and introduce our graduation speaker Paul C. Tash. I am so thankful to everyone I met during my year at Medill, including my… Continue reading Medill Graduation & What’s Next!
By Donna Marbury To Simon Shaheen, music is a sonic melting pot mixed with Arabic, classical and jazz seasonings. He is known across the world for his delicate playing of the oud, an instrument found in traditional Arabic music, but can switch just as masterfully to the violin. Simon Shaheen will make his Chicago debut with… Continue reading Sinfonietta brings music of the Arab Spring to downtown Chicago
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?