Everyone has one and uses it, but there are few who can *really* make it sing. Join us as we ask Alexandra Olsavsky and Thomas Alaan what it takes to be a singer.
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This predecessor of the piano is probably the best known early Western musical instrument known to modern audiences. Join national treasure David Schrader to learn more about the harpsichord!
It’s true. Most people associate recorders with screeching, neon-colored plastic instruments. But listen to Laura Osterlund play, and you'll wish you'd paid more attention in elementary music class!
What do you get when you employ two creative Frenchmen as the resident artists of your 17th century court? With some luck, you'll get the Baroque oboe. Explore the "leading reed" with Sung Lee!
Love glue: two words you never thought you'd see together in classical music. But, there they are. Find out what that actually means, and meet our traverso player, Leighann Daihl Ragusa!
It kind of looks like a cello... only it's not! It's called a viola da gamba, which means "leg-viol." Come explore this beautiful and versatile instrument with BBE artist and Chicago favorite, Anna Steinhoff.
Once upon a time (c.1500) in a land far, far away (Italy), a maiden named Isabella d’Este made the purchase of a lifetime in c. 1500. You probably guessed it: the violin. Explore that purchase, and how the violin has evolved since the 16th century, with BBE Artistic Director, Brandi Berry.
The early trombone (also called a sackbut) has remained relatively unchanged since it was invented in the 15th century. That’s a pretty stellar run, but as the saying goes, “If it ain't broke, don’t fix it.” Join us as we explore this *genius* instrument with Paul Von Hoff.
Some of the instruments we're using for our Chicago Stories project don't have a modern counterpart. Bill Baxtresser, member of Gaudete Brass and Rook, plays a really unique instrument that has no sound or physical shape remotely close to anything we have today. It's called a cornetto, and no, it's not a brand of ice cream.
Did you ever stop and think that Bach and Beethoven, in their times, were creating new music? Not a soul had ever heard Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos or the Mass in B Minor, or Beethoven’s nine symphonies, before their premieres. B&B were at the cutting edge, and that's where we aim to go, too. Join us as we start our journey through a new project: Chicago Stories.