Arts

Arts
6:35 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Fox Valley Orchestra, Chorus To Host DIY Messiah

Lisa Fredenburgh leads the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus in rehearsal
Credit Guy Stephens / WNIJ

This weekend, Dec. 21, the Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus present a "Sing-Along Messiah," an event often known as a "Do-It-Yourself Messiah."  Audience members are invited to join the choir in singing choruses from Handel’s masterpiece.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:17 am
Sat December 13, 2014

A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

Harry Christophers leads the Handel and Haydn Society, now celebrating its bicentennial.
James Doyle Handel and Haydn Society

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:14 pm

Boston's Handel and Haydn Society is one of the oldest continuously running performing arts organizations in the country. To celebrate its bicentennial this season, the group made a new recording of a holiday perennial, Handel's Messiah, which also happens to be one of the first works it staged nearly 200 years ago. Still, the Handel and Haydn Society is very different from what it was when it started.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:05 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Best Classical Albums Of 2014

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean by John Luther Adams is one of NPR Classical's favorite albums of 2014.
Cantaloupe

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 9:59 am

Most years, Tom Huizenga and I spend a lot of time after Thanksgiving and well into December battling over — or, more truthfully, having many friendly but spirited discussions about — which recordings should comprise our 10 favorites of the year. We each come up with a list of 10, and then we start hammering things out in some amount of exquisite music-nerd agony. Some albums we agree upon, some are our individual picks.

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WNIU Thanks You
7:24 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Thanks For Supporting Classical WNIU!

Our thanks 17 new and renewing members who contributed a total of $1,560 by phone and on the web during the Classical WNIU Year-End Membership Campaign!

You can still make your contribution now if you didn't have an opportunity to do it earlier. It's your continuing membership support that makes 24-hour Classical WNIU possible!

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Arts
6:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

From The Archives: DeKalb Municipal Band Is 150

DeKalb, IL – The City of DeKalb claims it has the oldest continuous band in Illinois. The DeKalb Municipal Band opens its 150th season with a concert in Hopkins Park. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:

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Arts
6:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

DeKalb Municipal Band: 160 Years Of Music, Friendships And Community Support

Credit DeKalb Park District

The DeKalb Municipal Band marks 160 years with a concert of holiday music Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Egyptian Theatre.  Proceeds from the concert go to the Palmer Family Music Education Fund.  Kirk Lundbeck succeeded the band’s longtime leader, the late Dee Palmer, as director three years ago. WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with Lundbeck recently about the concert and the anniversary.

GS:  Most people think of the band as a summer band. So why a holiday concert?

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Holiday Concert
5:51 am
Wed December 10, 2014

DeKalb Band Hosts Holiday Concert, Celebrates 160 Years

Credit DeKalb Park District

The DeKalb Municipal Band celebrates its 160th year with a concert out of the norm from its usual outdoor performances. The band presents its first holiday concert Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre. 

The DeKalb Municipal Band is the oldest continuous performing band in Illinois. 

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Spoken word and music specials
3:28 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

WNIJ 2014 Holiday Specials

WNIJ is pleased to present our collection of holiday specials throughout December.  Each week you'll hear from the people you've come to know and love and we'll introduce you to some new voices along the way.  Tune in and enjoy!

Tinsel Tales 3 - Sunday, December 14 - 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 25 10:00 a.m.

This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas.  David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk – these and others NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.  Hosted by Lynn Neary

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Deceptive Cadence
5:02 am
Sat December 6, 2014

In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

Marcello Mazzucchi, a retired forest ranger, stands in the Fiemme Valley in the Italian Alps. Renaissance luthiers such as Antonio Stradivari came here to handpick trees that would be crafted into the world's finest instruments.
Graziano Panfili for NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 10:51 am

Antonio Stradivari, the master violin maker whose instruments sell for millions of dollars today, has been dead for nearly three centuries. Only 650 of his instruments are estimated to survive.

But the forest where the luthier got his lumber is alive and well. And thanks to the surprising teamwork of modern instrument makers and forest rangers, Stradivari's trees are doing better than ever.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:27 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Dublin Guitar Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 4:09 pm

Don't ask the members of the Dublin Guitar Quartet to play the time-honored classics of the Spanish repertoire. They might play traditional Spanish style classical guitars, but they're not your standard guitar ensemble. The Dubliners are strictly devoted to contemporary music. They've been commissioning new pieces and adapting others for both acoustic and electric guitars since 2002, when the group formed at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

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