“There is something oddly refreshing about hearing an old-school concert. . .”
“I’m conducting, and hopefully bringing some insight and hopefully a great deal of joy to a lot of people, and that is my purpose.”
But Lang Lang is no Yo-Yo Ma. Unlike Ma, who is arguably one of, if not the most famous classical musicians alive today, Lang Lang’s celebrity is puzzling.
Critics have marveled at how powerful her immense, three-octave vocal range remained, even as she grew older. She gave performances until she was diagnosed with lung cancer at age 66.
FOTA’s goal is to expose students to all forms of art regardless of their prior experience with the art world. “We try to get everybody involved in making art or just appreciate something new. [For example,] whether they like painting or ballet, they also get to see fashion.”
“Muti, a veteran conductor known for his stern and stoic conducting style, showed off a more playful side at Sunday’s open rehearsal.”
“If we can learn to open our minds and engage critically, we will understand what it means for each of us to be a critic, dissolving the barrier between artist and viewer, critic and reader.”
“With 200 performers from different backgrounds and over 50 volunteers, this year’s SASA show was the biggest ever.”
“The library’s collection is estimated to be around 6,000 volumes, according to Anne Knafl, a UChicago librarian specializing in Jewish studies, philosophy, and religion.”
“It’s infrequently the joke itself that gets the laugh . . . but the delivery.”
“A Lamborghini is beautiful and effortless in all things, but does it have as much personality as a 20-year-old Subaru that’s schlepped across the country, blanketed in bumper stickers acquired over its two decades?”
“The opera exemplified music’s ability to heal conflict and foster human empathy, emphasizing that in times of enmity we must recall our shared humanity.”
“’Classically trained musicians think about perfection in everything, but, at the end, the real meaning of music is the effort you put behind it.’”
“…the show also includes a comprehensive timeline of the arts at UChicago, which includes such events as the creation of Doc Films and the first Summer Breeze concert.”
“The trio—an ensemble that has released recordings ranging from Igor Stravinksy’s Rite of Spring to covers of Neil Young and Ornette Coleman—has an almost inhuman capacity for creativity.”
“Kaufman is a veteran film score conductor…”
…the Hyde Park Jazz Fest focuses less on attracting “name-brand” artists and focuses more on lesser-known, but equally masterful artists raised and trained in Chicago, some even from Hyde Park itself.