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Love and Other Demons

10 Musical Compositions Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez: No. 7 Peter Eötvös, 'Love and Other Demons' >>

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.

Evita

Pop Stars on Broadway: Hits and Misses with Ricky Martin, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nick Jonas, Cyndi Lauper, Sara Bareilles, Etc. >>

Pop stars from Ricky Martin to Carly Rae Jepsen have ventured onto Broadway and West End stages, with mixed results.

EXCLUSIVE: Shakina Nayfack Takes Classicalite's Proust Questionnaire

EXCLUSIVE: Transgender Theater Star SHAKINA Takes Our Proust Q&A >>

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.

Leonard Slatkin's “Notes from Hollywood” Concert with Dempster St. Pro Musica Celebrates Famous Film Scores

Leonard Slatkin's “Notes from Hollywood” Concert with Dempster St. Pro Musica Celebrates Famous Film Scores >>

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.

Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Woodlawn Cemetery Group Offer Free Concert to Honor Jazz Legends on June 11

Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Woodlawn Cemetery Group Offer Free Concert to Honor Jazz Legends on June 11 >>

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.

Soldiers, Sailors and Violinists: Benito Mussolini's 300-Year-Old Violin to Sell for $250,000 in Bonhams London on May 12

Soldiers, Sailors and Violinists: Benito Mussolini's 300-Year-Old Violin to Sell for $250,000 in Bonhams London on May 12 >>

This machine certainly doesn't kill fascists, that was, instead, the Italian people during World War II.

Making Sense of Anthony Braxton's Brilliant Opera 'Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables),' Acts I & II @ Roulette (4/17/14)

Composition 536: A Short Video of Anthony Braxton's Opera 'Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables),' Acts I & II @ Roulette (4/17/14) >>

5 minutes, 36 seconds of the first two acts of Anthony Braxton's magnum opus: Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables).

Viral Vixens: German Quartet Salut Salon Dominate YouTube Channels with Deliciously Humorous Idiosyncratic Performance

Viral Vixens: German Quartet Salut Salon Dominate YouTube Channels with Deliciously Humorous, Idiosyncratic Performance >>

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.

Tupac Shakur

Broadway's 'Holler If Ya Hear Me,' Starring Saul Williams, Is Latest Expression of Tupac Shakur's Lasting Influence >>

As John Singleton's Tupac Shakur biopic gets under way, casting is announced for a Broadway musical using the rapper's songs.

'Playing for Change' Releases Latest Music Video 'Clandestino', Superstar Manu Chao and Other World Musicians Join In

Playing for Change Releases Latest Music Video 'Clandestino,' Superstar Manu Chao and Other World Musicians Join In >>

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 Presents the Sound of Silent Film Festival in Chicago

Access Contemporary Music Presents the 9th Annual Sound of Silent Film Festival in Chicago >>

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.

Neil Patrick Harris in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' on Broadway

Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell Talk Broadway Musical 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' on ABC's Good Morning America >>

The stars and creative team behind the glam-rock musical's first Broadway production go behind the scenes into Hedwig's "wig room."

The Newberry Consort Presents Baroque Music from the Mexican Convent of the Encarnación

The Newberry Consort Presents Baroque Music from the Mexican Convent of the Encarnación >>

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.

Rhapsody in College: Mystery of Hunter College's 1897 Steinway Grand Owned by George Gershwin Unraveled via the New York Times

Rhapsody in College: Mystery of Hunter's 1897 Steinway Grand Owned by George and Rose Gershwin Unraveled via New York Times >>

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Transgender Violinist and Singer Tona Brown Takes Classicalite's Proust Questionnaire

EXCLUSIVE: Transgender Violinist and Singer Tona Brown Takes Classicalite's Proust Questionnaire >>

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.

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