Arts and culture

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The Rockford Dance Company closes its current season with performances this weekend at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.  It also finishes the company’s first season under its new artistic director.

On a Monday night, under the watchful eye of Artistic Director Wayland Anderson, a half-dozen members of the Rockford Dance Company practice a number from his interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Rachel Hackler has been with the company for four years.  She’s stoked.

Ethan Hawke might strike you as an unlikely guide to classical music. But in directing his first documentary, Seymour: An Introduction, he created an intriguing and ultimately profoundly moving tribute to a largely unknown artist, 86-year-old pianist Seymour Bernstein.

Photo Courtesy of Elgin Master Chorale

WNIJ invites you to the Elgin Master Chorale concert, "Something Wonderful," on Sunday, March 22, in the Elgin Community College Arts Center Blizzard Theatre. This concert is the second part of EMC's Rodgers and Hammerstein project. The 150-voice chorale will be joined by the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra as they perform favorites from "South Pacific," "Oklahoma," "The King and I," "The Sound of Music," and more. Visit our events page to find out more.

There's a kind of little village of artisans on Manhattan's West 54th Street. In a couple of plain looking office towers, there are a bunch of rehearsal studios, violin makers' workshops and other music businesses. Behind one of those office doors on the 10th floor sits Frank Music Company — Frank's, as everybody calls it.

It was supposed to be a celebratory occasion, a high-profile performance of a piece given life by the orchestra that commissioned it — a young composer's music played by other young musicians.

Instead, the performance scheduled for Sunday of Jonas Tarm's music at Carnegie Hall by the highly regarded New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) has been canceled after it came to the attention of the ensemble's administration that the piece contains a quotation from the Nazi "Horst Wessel Lied."

The Bachelor, the reality TV show poised to close out another nail-biting season (which young woman will Chris Soules choose Monday?), has nothing on opera. Over the past 400 years, composers have placed onstage any number of hot-blooded Romeos, sensible gentlemen and conniving psychopaths all looking for the perfect mate.

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The Stage Coach Players open their 2015 season March 12 at the Stage Coach Theater in DeKalb with "9 to 5: The Musical.  This musical stage adaptation of the 1980 hit movie will open the Stage Coach Players’ 69th straight season of performances. 

David Hyde is the director for the show. He says the members of the community theater company run the gamut.

Classical WNIU is pleased to invite you to the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra's annual Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert on Saturday, March 7,  at 7:30 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the NIU Music Building in DeKalb.

The concert will include "Overture to 'Romeo and Juliet,'" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and "Symphony No. 2, Op. 132 " ("Mysterous Mountain"), by Alan Hovhaness. Cellist Nathan Mo, the winner of the Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition, will perform "Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major, Op. 107," by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Author? Author?

Mar 2, 2015

WNIJ is calling all authors in the Northern Public Radio listening area to submit their published work for consideration in the summer edition of the #WNIJReadWithMe Book Series which airs in June. Submissions will be accepted through April 3.