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A Cellist's Reflections on Bach

A Cellist's Reflections on Bach

Grant Park Orchestra cellist Eric Kutz has been playing the Bach Cello Suites since he was a kid. He's been teaching them to young players for almost as long, so they weren't exactly the shiny new toy. But then came the quarantine.

Musicians at Home—Rika Seko

Musicians at Home—Rika Seko

Grant Park Orchestra violinist Rika Seko is not accustomed to sitting around. When COVID-19 brought the performing arts to a standstill, she suddenly had to grapple with the notion of free time.

Discovering and Rediscovering the Bach Cello Suites

Discovering and Rediscovering the Bach Cello Suites

Musicians tend to speak of the Bach Cello Suites as an almost religious experience. Possessing an affect that is as startling as it is profound, this music endures—in spite of its checkered history.

Musicians in the Age of Coronavirus

Musicians in the Age of Coronavirus

Performing artists have been particularly hard hit by the practice of social distancing. In the first of a monthly series, find out how one musician is managing to turn lemons into lemonade.

Six Artists of Color Make Their Mark in Classical Music
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Six Artists of Color Make Their Mark in Classical Music

Six artists of color make their mark in classical music — an industry where diversity is lacking

Festival HD: Bringing Music to the Screen
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Festival HD: Bringing Music to the Screen

In 2019, the Festival was looking for a way to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the opening of Millennium Park. Organizers came up with Festival HD—and paved the way to a virtual season in 2020.

Here's What's Buzzing about Flight of the Bumblebee
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Here's What's Buzzing about Flight of the Bumblebee

Rimsky-Korsakov must have known his Flight of the Bumblebee would be a crowd pleaser—but could he have predicted this? Take a look at the many ways this bee has buzzed its way into popular culture.

A Young Artist in the Age of Coronavirus
Behind the Scenes

A Young Artist in the Age of Coronavirus

One month before a statewide order sequestered Chicagoans in their homes, Pablo Sanchez received a letter of congratulations from the Grant Park Music Festival.

Interview with Opera Star and Social Activist J'Nai Bridges
Interviews

Interview with Opera Star and Social Activist J'Nai Bridges

After the virus placed her opera career on hold, one-time Chicagoan J'Nai Bridges decided to use her voice for social change.

Celebrating Women's Voices
 
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Celebrating Women's Voices  

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote.