Classical Music Chicago, Concert Update for Chicago Arts Orchestra, Spanish Music Concert Scheduled

Two concerts scheduled. Classical Music Chicago, Concert Update for Chicago Arts Orchestra, Spanish Music Concert Scheduled, 2014 Chicago Music Event Chicago Arts Orchestra Resurrects Treasure Trove of Spanish Colonial Music for 2014 Season. The Kapelle of Concordia University Chicago join the CAO in two performances of Rediscovered Treasures IV Music of 18th-Century Spain and Mexico

CONCERT DATES Friday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m. at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301

Saturday, March 1, 8 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 1429 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL.

The Concert Experience Opening Concerts Focus on Little-Known Works that Reimagine Scope of 18th-century Classical Music Reviving long-dormant 18th-century classical music of Latin America, the Chicago Arts Orchestra (CAO) opens its 2014 season premiering choral-orchestral works by Antonio Rodrguez de Hita (1722-1787) and Antonio Juanas (ca.1755-1818) that colored the music landscape in Spain and Mexico. Joined by guests, The Kapelle of Concordia University Chicago, the CAO presents two performances of -Rediscovered Treasures IV: Music of 18th-Century Spain and Mexico-: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at First United Church of Oak Park, Oak Park, Ill. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 1429 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, Ill. Drew Edward Davies, PhD, an associate professor of musicology at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, leads a Prelude pre-concert discussion at 7:30 p.m. focusing on the history of compositions found in regions not typically associated with classical music. Concert highlights include Rodrguez de Hita's -Missa Ecce Sacerdos Magnus- and the U.S. premiere of other works unearthed in Mexico and linked to the Spanish empire that had been met with disinterest, until now. The upcoming event adds a new dimension to the CAO's collaboration with The Kapelle because of the featured music's uncommon origins, which capture sensibilities of both 18th-century Europe and the New World. The CAO's relationship with the choral ensemble dates to 2007 when both groups, along with chamber choir Cantate, performed Bradley Ellingboe's -Requiem.- The -Rediscovered Treasures- series solidifies the CAO's niche in a local music scene -saturated with eclectic styles,- said Charles P. Brown, DMA, Kapelle Conductor and Concordia University associate professor of music. -This particular venture with the CAO allows for an intimate collaboration between orchestra and choir with jubilant, meditative, and reflective moments throughout the program,- Brown said. -This music is evocative, and it makes me wonder how much more beautiful music is waiting to be rediscovered.- The CAO is at the forefront of an international movement to draw public attention to the music of the Spanish colonial period; Mexico alone preserves the legacy of thousands of musical works still unheard there or in the U.S. The CAO's first album released in 2013, -Al Combate: Rediscovered Galant Music from Eighteenth-Century Mexico,- featured works by Ignacio Jerusalem (1707-1769) and Santiago Billoni (ca. 1700-1763) and the orchestra received high praise from international publications, including Early Music Today. -This music is both familiar and unconventional -- to the surprise and delight of listeners- Davies said. -It sounds a lot like Mozart or Handel or other composers well-known to classical music audiences. However, the fact that it comes from Spain or Mexico explodes previously held conceptions of baroque and classical music by opening up a wider slate on which to conceive of the musical past.-

Concert tickets Available at chicagoartsorchestra.org $25 for patrons; $20 at the door; $17 in advance; and $15 for students and seniors. For more information, call 773.248.0644. About Chicago Arts Orchestra The CAO, Artistic Director Javier Jos Mendoza, strives to touch an underserved and neglected audience by championing all types of art music. The CAO was established by musicians and creative artists to perform great music and to make chamber music accessible and affordable. Comprising young professional musicians with active performance schedules in Chicago, the CAO provides ducational opportunities to the community through innovative programming of historic and new orchestral music. For more information, visit chicagoartsorchestra.org About the Kapelle The Kapelle, Conductor Charles P. Brown, DMA, is Concordia University Chicago's premier choral performance ensemble. The select voice choir tours annually throughout the U.S. as well as internationally every four years, and records regularly. The Kapelle regularly enjoys collaborating with Chicago-area orchestras with Bach cantatas and symphonic choral classics. For more information, visit the Kapelle.

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Unexpected Celebrity Classic Car Collectors


 
Automotive One of the best things about being an A-list celebrity is that you can afford pretty much whatever you want. Indeed, many of the rich and famous have invested some of their millions in classic car restoration and collection. You would expect leading men like Arnold Schwarzenegger or flashy, charismatic musicians like Kanye West to be very interested in cultivating impressive classic car collections, but the range of celebs who’ve displayed passion for old school automobiles may surprise you. Kate Moss It’s tempting to dismiss Kate Moss as a mere pretty face, but the ‘90s modeling icon isn’t content standing around and congratulating herself for being very rich and skinny. She has also gathered enough classic cars to put some collections to shame. As recently as January 2014, the Daily Mail highlighted her cherished vintage Porsche 911 – one of many oldies but goodies in her collection. MSN reports that Moss also owns a MG Midget and a 1965 Rolls-Royce Shadow. Brian Johnson Having sneered out some of the most recognizable hard rock anthems of all time – including “Back in Black” and “You Shook Me All Night Long,” the AC/DC singer of record has made a few bucks in his day. He’s recognized by Jalopnik as one of the coolest classic car collectors in the game. During his downtime from AC/DC, Johnson has written a book and hosted a TV show devoted to cars.

John Cena One of the most polarizing champions in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment and the self-proclaimed “Doctor of Thuganomics,” Cena takes classic cars almost as seriously as he takes putting whoopin’s on his adversaries. On the strength of his 1971 Ford Torino GT, 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, 1970 Plymouth Superbird and other notables, Complex magazine proclaimed him the seventh best celebrity classic car owner on its top 25 list. Martha Stewart Without question the leading authority on home economics, Martha Stewart certainly has led a profoundly singular life.

Appropriately, she owns a profoundly singular classic car – a campy Ferrari Daytona ride that’s been pictured in several media outlets. She’s also been a special guest on NPR’s Car Talk, where she let the world know that she knows her stuff when it comes to cars. Jay Leno It’s impossible to deny that Jay Leno’s car collection would trump almost any competition around. Complex magazine devoted an entire “Top 25” list to ranking Leno’s parking lot of automotive treasures. The coolest among them includes a thoroughly suave 1955 Buick Roadmaster, which has undergone some extensive classic car restoration. The late night mainstay originally bought his Roadmaster in the early ‘70s for $350, but it still appears to be in mint condition.

Soundcloud Expands Into Mainstream with Paid Streaming Plan


 
LOS ANGELES— Soundcloud is entering paid music streaming, hoping to turn its huge community of cover singers, dubstep remixers and wannabe stars into a bigger source of revenue.
 
Since its launch in 2007, the Berlin-based online music service has allowed pretty much any audio to be uploaded to its cloud - from Kanye West outtakes to teenagers singing over canned music. It has slowly introduced tools to earn revenue, introducing paid services for artists in 2008 and ad revenue sharing for invited musicians in 2014.
 
But after signing deals with major labels, including holdout Sony Music this month, Soundcloud is adding a subscription plan for consumers, giving them ad-free listening and a whole range of music from mainstream artists that had shunned the service because it only gave tracks away for free, including top acts like Taylor Swift.
 
Soundcloud, privately held and with tech investors like Union Square Ventures and Kleiner Perkins, will have a staggering 125 million tracks available when the paid tier, Soundcloud Go, launches Tuesday. That's about four times other paid services.
 
The fast-growing field of paid music subscription services is already crowded, led by companies like Spotify, with 30 million paying subscribers, and Apple, which jumped to 10 million after launching last year.
 
Soundcloud hopes to distinguish itself with its massive variety and huge audience of 175 million monthly listeners.
 
" We're at the very early days of streaming,'' said Eric Wahlforss, the co-founder and chief technology officer, in an interview. " The pie is going to be very large over time.''
 
Soundcloud Go will cost $10 a month and offer ad-free offline playback on mobile devices. It'll also allow artists to choose whether to give away tracks for free or reserve them for paying customers - an option not allowed by Spotify, which depends on having quality free music to draw in prospective paying customers.
 
Wahlforss said a key selling point for consumers is the many tracks on Soundcloud you won't find elsewhere.
 
"You're going to be able to listen to a Rihanna next to an emerging artist, next to a DJ set, next to a mashup in the same playlist,'' said Wahlforss. " It's new for us, it's new for the world.''
 
For example, on Soundcloud you can find gems like a John Legend's cover of the Adele hit, " Rolling in the Deep.'' Or a 4-minute version of " 30 Hours,'' a shortened take of one of the songs from Kanye West's latest album, "The Life of Pablo.'' The album version is exclusively streaming on competing music service Tidal.
 
Soundcloud's reputation for hosting music that is off the beaten path is what drew DJ Kaskade to the platform. Without saying whether he'll put music behind the pay wall, Kaskade's label owner Stephanie LaFera said it has long been a place for the DJ to connect with fans looking to dig deeper than a standard release.
 
"We feel like we're speaking to an audience that's already with us, fans that are open to experimentation, sub-genres and all the quirks that come with the world of electronic music,'' she said.