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Marin Alsop Conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Leonard Bernstein for 'Great Performances'

Daniel Hautzinger

Great Performances is broadcasting a performance of Marin Alsop conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in her mentor Leonard Bernstein's "Kaddish" symphony at Ravinia, where she is chief conductor. The soprano soloist is a Chicago area native.

The Many Colorful Uses of Medinah Temple, Soon to Be a Casino, Over the Years

Daniel Hautzinger

The Moorish Revival building in River North was initially built for the Shriners, but has seen a circus, demolition threats, the Dalai Lama, an early MLK Day celebration, a Bloomingdale's, and more over its more than century of existence. 

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Home and the Prominent Chicago Architects Who Shaped It

Daniel Hautzinger

Take a look at Orchestra Hall's more than 100-year history and the prominent Chicago architects who have shaped and renovated the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at a time when the New York Philharmonic's newly redesigned hall is receiving all the attention.

Exploring the Diversity of American Music Through Its Influences—and Food

Daniel Hautzinger

In the third season of Now Hear This, Scott Yoo explores the idea of American classical music through several composers and their influences, which range from samba to spirituals to Hindustani music—with explanatory pit-stops for food along the way. 

How Marin Alsop Has Persevered in a World Full of Obstacles for Women Conductors

Daniel Hautzinger

Marin Alsop is currently the only woman who has ever led one of America's top 25 orchestras as music director. A new documentary on Great Performances follows her obstacle-filled rise. We talked to her about the obstacles women conductors continue to face.
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