Tag: music

acm: archi-textural

The Chicago skyline is world famous for its height, breadth, modernity, and its political awareness.  What composer hasn’t sat in Millennium Park’s Great Lawn, watching a concert at the Pritzker Pavillion (named after the now defunct Jay Pritzker not the attempted murderer) and thought: “I would like to write a piece about each of these... Read more »

Something Alchemical: Silent Film + Music

Coming up this week and next is one of my favorite concerts of the year: the Sound of Silent Film. Put on by Accessible Contemporary Music (ACM), the concert features contemporary silent films with live accompaniment. Each of the scores is by a local composer and is a world premiere. In years past, the films... Read more »

Poll: Classical Music Gateway Drugs

If I remember high school correctly, of my friends who smoked, some moved on to pot, and a few went further.  There’s usually a progression from the soft stuff to the hard stuff.  It’s the same way in Classical music.  Few people jump in at Wagner and get hooked for life; most fall in love... Read more »
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Introduction: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Classical music has quite the reputation in this country: people seem interested but put off at the same time, wanting to know more but not knowing where to start. The complexity and ambiguity make for both an obstacle and a reward; the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know. Like learning a... Read more »