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?
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
by Donna Marbury for ChicagoClassicalMusic.org Avant garde Chinese composer Huang Ruo premieres his newest composition on Thursday, Oct. 18 during PianoFest held at Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave. The event is held jointly by Chicago’s Chinese Fine Arts Society and the Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts, and features works from… Continue reading Huang Ruo premieres ‘Invisible Compass’ at PianoFest