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Kaitlin Foley honored for #2 Best Vocal Performance of the Year 2016 by Vocal Arts Chicago

Published by Oliver Camacho at Vocal Arts Chicago

#2. Kaitlin Foley at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on March 20th. Sometimes the stars are in perfect alignment and a performance comes together—the space is perfectly lit, the singer is in top form, the collaborators and conductor are in lock step, the audience understands the specialness of the moment and doesn't dare make a noise—so that you feel like you are hearing a familiar piece for the first time. And when that piece is "Zerfliesse, mein Herze" your faith in humanity is renewed. Soprano Kaitlin Foley’s performance of this aria was all the more amazing considering that she and her colleagues were presenting Bach’s St. John Passion with one singer per part. Foley has emerged as one of the truly great musicians of this city.

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Tunes from the Tower

By Anne Hartman Raether, published on the website of Campus and Student Life

When Simone Browne told her friends and family she had decided to give the carillon a try, they were puzzled. The second-year had stumbled across a Facebook post offering carillon lessons taught by members of the University of Chicago Guild of Carillonneurs at Rockefeller Chapel, and opted to give it a shot, intrigued by the fact that few knew what a carillon was, let alone how to play the instrument.

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Hyde Park Jazz Festival review: Music embraces a neighborhood

By Howard Reich, published in the Chicago Tribune as part of a review of the whole day's Hyde Park Jazz Fest.

Randy Weston: 11 p.m., Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. 90 apparently is the new 70, judging by nonagenarian pianist Weston's expansive performance. Playing solo in cavernous Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Weston offers a freewheeling lecture-recital intertwining his philosophies on the origin of music with his larger-than-life pianism.

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Rockefeller Chapel's Arts Lobby points to Concrete Happenings!

Heavy Traffic Ahead!

By Kerry Cardoza

“Recipe for Instant Art Work: Take a Cadillac, Add Cement,” reads a Chicago Tribune headline from January 17, 1970. The reporter was referring to the German artist Wolf Vostell’s “Concrete Traffic,” a 1957 Cadillac encased almost entirely in cement. The piece, the largest Fluxus art object in existence, is about to receive a new life. The University of Chicago has been working to restore the sixteen-ton sculpture since 2012. On September 30 the repaired work will be unveiled and a series of events, aptly titled “Concrete Happenings,” are planned throughout the coming academic year.

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor keeps its mystique in cathedral setting

By Bob Gendron in the Chicago Tribune

If slow and steady wins the race, then Godspeed You! Black Emperor took first place in the equivalent of a long-distance marathon Saturday at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago. Optimizing tonal contrast and cinematic sweep, the instrumental  collective spoke volumes without expressing a single word during its 105-minute set. The Montreal-based octet, in town for a two-night stand, had the foresight to utilize the cathedral's premium acoustics as a secret weapon.

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An Interview with Wylie Crawford, University carillonneur 1984–2015

Watch this on YouTube!

This interview was conducted at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, in the playing cabin at the top of the bell tower. It took place on September 30, 2015, the day before Mr. Crawford retired. Topics include: Mr. Crawford's background and career, the history of bell towers and carillon playing, and the carillon at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Hyde Park, Chicago. Mr. Crawford is currently the President of the World Carillon Federation.

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Anonymous 4 rings down the curtain with a final holiday concert

By Michael Cameron, at Chicago Classical Review

When four female singers gathered in New York in 1986 for informal readings of a cappella Medieval chant, little could they have envisioned a three-decade career brimming with countless performances around the globe and 20 recordings with 20 million copies sold.

An impressively large crowd gathered to hear Anonymous 4 Sunday in Hyde Park, grateful to be chosen as the locale for their last local touring date, in the University of Chicago Presents series.

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You Must Hear Hotline Bling On Church Bells

Buzzfeed features Joey Brink taking requests on the carillon!

By Chelsea Vail on Buzzfeed

In 1932, John D. Rockefeller gifted a 72-bell, 100-ton bronze carillon to the University of Chicago. In 2015, the University Carillonneur performed Drake’s Hotline Bling at lunchtime on a Friday. To reach the carillon, we climbed 271 steps to the top of the tower. In the immortal words of Drizzy, “Started from the bottom, now we here.”

You have to see this [see the article for the awesome pictures!]

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