Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 7:48 am
To say that you're writing a symphony today is a statement, especially for a young composer like me. The challenge is to find just the right way to commandeer the age-old form, to render it fresh and vital once again within an American context.
Pigeonholing the classically trained string trio Time for Three isn't easy, but that's also a blessing. The musicians — violinists Zachary De Pue and Nick Kendall with double bassist Ranaan Meyer — say they love a kaleidoscopic spectrum of music. "If we like it, we play it" is their motto.
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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book isHelguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.
You don’t always have to step inside a museum to enjoy art in northern Illinois. Chicago has its Picasso, the Lincoln Highway has its murals, and Rockford has its Symbol. We wrap up our outdoor art series this morning with a walk along the Rock River Recreation Path to visit Rockford’s most controversial sculpture.
Members of the WNIJ-WNIU listening community are invited to our upcoming "Open House Tours" at the NIU Broadcast Center, 801 N. First Street in DeKalb. Drop in at any time during either of our Open House sessions:
* Wednesday, August 7th: 3:00 - 6:00pm * Saturday, August 10th: 9:00am - Noon
"You very quickly forget whether it's a male voice or a female voice. ... Because he's such a terrific musician, and so expressive, the fact that it's a man singing in a woman's range becomes irrelevant, and what we hear is the music."
Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:01 am
Throughout the summer we're searching for the "Great American Symphony." It's not exactly a popularity contest. Instead, we're pondering American symphonic music from both the past and the present. Some composers like the young Kevin Puts and the veteran Martin Boykan, are labeling their pieces as symphonies. Others, like Michael Daugherty, can prefer more playful titles.
Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 12:27 pm
It's not every day a great opera diva makes it to the century mark. So let's take a moment to cheer for Licia Albanese, the beloved Metropolitan Opera star, who celebrates her 100th today and who most likely would not care to be called a "diva."