Tag: classical music

Steven's Movie Reviews: Meryl Streep triumphs and nauseates as Florence Foster Jenkins!

Steven's Movie Reviews: Meryl Streep triumphs and nauseates as Florence Foster Jenkins!
Before you continue on to reading my review, I must implore you to listen to the YouTube video I’ve provided above, as it creates a more brilliant introduction than I could ever hope to muster. As a classical musician, there is nothing I hate more people ridiculing my art. When the only representation of opera... Read more »

Trump, Puccini, and Pavarotti: A battle cry in one act, in which the artistic community rallies against Donald Trump

Trump, Puccini, and Pavarotti: A battle cry in one act, in which the artistic community rallies against Donald Trump
Throughout history, Opera has been a reflection of the events occurring around it. Mozart’s The Magic Flute contained both the continued repression of women as well as the advancing ideals of The Enlightenment at the end of the 1700s. In the middle of the 1850s, Verdi’s La Traviata sang the joys of the potential future... Read more »

Steven Shares Music (Week 1): "Gluck, das mir verblieb" from Korngold's Die Tote Stadt

Steven Shares Music (Week 1): "Gluck, das mir verblieb" from Korngold's Die Tote Stadt
One of the things I love most about being a passionate musician and lover of music is the act of sharing music with others. Introducing others to something very beautiful that they would never encounter in their everyday listening habits is of enormous pleasure to me. There are so many underrated masterworks that go unheeded... Read more »
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Steven's Music Reviews: James Levine's (Literally) Thunderous Return to The Ravinia Festival (July 23rd, 2016)

Steven's Music Reviews: James Levine's (Literally) Thunderous Return to The Ravinia Festival (July 23rd, 2016)
Gazing at the northern sky of Saturday night was like staring into a Dante-esque abyss of pitch-black clouds and grim lightening. There was an area under a bridge on Lake Cook Road that was a veritable lake, and several cars were caught in its fearsome clutches. The trials were of Herculean stature, yet my dad and... Read more »

I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit

I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit
I usually don’t like to be pedantic about these sort of things, but have you listened to the Top 40 stations on the radio lately? Gone are the strings of ELO, the innovative rhythm of Blondie, and the genius of The Beatles. Now we have the confused genre jumper Taylor Swift, the computer-generated talent of... Read more »

Cold Cream, Classical Music, and Carol Channing: My journey of breaking the rules of masculinity (ChicagoNow Evening Blogapalooz-Hour - June 2016)

Cold Cream, Classical Music, and Carol Channing: My journey of breaking the rules of masculinity (ChicagoNow Evening Blogapalooz-Hour - June 2016)
As young men grow up, society prescribes certain guidelines for them. These can be the general cliches of men being inclined to enjoy sports, talk about swimsuit models, and scratch their nether regions in public. But, underlying that, is society’s “golden rule”: If you don’t measure up to these standards, don’t expect to be taken... Read more »
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Schubert in the Suburbs: The Stigma of Classical Music Appreciation

Schubert in the Suburbs: The Stigma of Classical Music Appreciation
My first exposure to opera, and classical music, was an English-language, truncated version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the local high school in fourth grade, presented by Lyric Opera of Chicago. I sat, starry-eyed, as the forces of good and evil battled on the stage, locked in an eternal struggle with some of the... Read more »

My Love Letter to Ravinia (or That Time I Met Renee Fleming)

My Love Letter to Ravinia (or That Time I Met Renee Fleming)
The Ravinia Festival is the highlight of my summers, bar NONE. The place has such atmosphere and a feeling of joyful camaraderie you just don’t get anywhere else. People sometimes feel inhibited at Lyric Opera or the Chicago Symphony. But, at Ravinia, everyone’s inhibitions are released and true joy seeps out of every pore of... Read more »

88th Academy Awards Snubs Classical Musicians David Lang and Sumi Jo

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Amid the heated race debates taking place before, during and after The 88th Academy Awards, there was one that I don’t think you may have been aware of. David Lang, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer, and Sumi Jo, award-winning soprano, were snubbed last night, having been nominated in the Best Original Song category. The four other artists... Read more »
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