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Love and Other Demons is an opera in two acts with a libretto by the Hungarian author Kornél Hamvai. It is based on García Márquez’s novel Of Love and Other Demons. The plot follows the story of Maria, who is bitten by a rabid dog and must be exorcised from her demons.
Pop stars from Ricky Martin to Carly Rae Jepsen have ventured onto Broadway and West End stages, with mixed results.
The word shakina--lowercase--is a distinctly Hebraic one. Specifically, it refers to the feminine presence of the divine spirit. Washed in the blood of Jimmy Carter's Southern Baptist on my mother's side, myself, I'm wont to call it the most important side of Elohim (as per that old Gnostic notion of Christ as both man and woman). Too bad, though, the name Transgendered Jesus is already taken. Because those are probably the best two words to describe one SHAKINA Nayfack--definitely uppercase.
The Music Institute of Chicago and Dempster St. Pro Musica will present “Notes from Hollywood,” a concert exploring Leonard Slatkin's ties to the great Hollywood film composers, on Sunday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.
The Woodlawn Cemetery is no stranger to jazz legends and this time, much to our delight, the group will partner with Jazz at Lincoln Center to present a free concert honoring, you guessed it, jazz legends.
This machine certainly doesn't kill fascists, that was, instead, the Italian people during World War II.
5 minutes, 36 seconds of the first two acts of Anthony Braxton's magnum opus: Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables).
For a good time, call the new German quartet Salut Salon. The group of women, trending on the social mediascapes, infuse a refreshing new blend of music, acrobatics and, believe it or not, some slapstick humor.
As John Singleton's Tupac Shakur biopic gets under way, casting is announced for a Broadway musical using the rapper's songs.
Global superstar Manu Chao--and with some choice musicians from around the globe including Morocco, Havan, Budapest, Senegal and so on--have joined the ranks of Playing for Change, which has recently premiered their new video Clandestino
Access Contemporary Music is getting ready to present its annual Sound of Silent Film Festival on April 29, at a new venue this year--the Music Box Theater, one of Chicago's top theaters for arthouse cinema.
The stars and creative team behind the glam-rock musical's first Broadway production go behind the scenes into Hedwig's "wig room."
Some early music groups in the U.S. have begun to explore the vast Mexican baroque repertoire, including the Newberry Consort in Chicago. The Consort will perform “Celestial Sirens II: Music from the Mexican Convent of the Encarnación” at several Chicago area locations.
A Steinway grand, a Model A, 6 feet 2 inches long, which carries the serial number 87592, making it the 87,592nd piano since the company began--making pianos in the family kitchen. The item in question: an 1897 Steinway donated by Rose Gershwin.
I first read about Tona Brown, one of the Beltway's best singing violinists, in my colleague Tim Smith's pitch perfect profile in the May 22, 2011 early edition of the Baltimore Sun. To wit, I've been following Miss Brown's career--performer, pedagogue, activist--for the ensuing three years.