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2020 has been a trying year for professional musicians, but for Grant Park Chorus baritone Evan Bravos, it's been surprsingly good.
With a dramatically altered work schedule, Grant Park Chorister Susan Nelson is finding a greater purpose: recording and uploading songs by women. To date, she's recorded well over 100.
The pandemic has displaced musicians the world over. They are missing their usual haunts; they're missing their colleagues, and most of all, they're missing the music. Find out how one violinist is keeping up her chops, maintaining her sanity and helping others to do the same.
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.
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 having free time—and learn to love it!
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.
In the spring of 2020, Jonathan Boen lost what would surely have been a career highlight—the chance to play principal horn in Wagner's Ring Cycle. The coming of summer, with the cancellation of the Grant Park Music Festival, brought further disappointment, yet he's finding ways to turn lemons into lemonade.
Six artists of color make their mark in classical music — an industry where diversity is lacking
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.
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.