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The Arts Section 01/29/17

January 29th, 2017
Saxophonist, Branford Marsalis

On this edition of The Arts Section, host Gary Zidek talks to modern day jazz titan Branford Marsalis.  The saxophonist was in Chicago to perform with vocalist Kurt Elling. Gary also previews some of the ways Chicago is celebrating Chinese New Year. He caught up with the president of the Chinese Fine Arts Society, Julie Tiao Ma. We'll hear about a new photo retrospective titled GLAM BUGS.  Gary sits down with the director of Lyric Unlimited, Cayenne Harris, to talk about the opera organization’s Chicago Voices project.  Plus, a conversation with blues singer Shemekia Copeland.  And the Dueling Critics will stop by with a review of a new play set during the Chicago blizzard of 1967.  All that and more on this edition of The Arts Section.

 

Marsalis talks about the music business, his new album UPWARD SPIRAL and that time he almost got in a fight at Wrigley Field.

Back in January of 2016, Gary attended the Chicago Voices launch event at the Hideout ...

Chicago Voices launch event, January 2016

A year later, he follows up to see how the initiative has progressed ahead of a big gala event taking place at the Civic Opera House 

Acclaimed opera singer & Lyric Creative Consultant, Renee Fleming

Renee Fleming, Broadway star Jesse Mueller, gospel singer Michelle Williams and folk artist John Prine are among the singers performing at the Chicago Voices Gala event.  

Blues singer Shemekia Copeland will also be performing at the event.  Gary caught up with the award-winning blueswoman to talk about Chicago Voices.

Blues singer, Shemekia Copeland
Lyric Unlimited director, Cayenne Harris

 

Communuities around the world are celebrating Chinese New Year, Gary previewed some of the Lunar New Year events taking place in the Chicago-area

Julie Tiao Ma, president of the Chinese Fine Arts Society

For more information on all of Chicago Chinese New Year events click here

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