WBEZ | Thompson Center http://www.wbez.org/tags/thompson-center Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming lead classical music flash mob http://www.wbez.org/story/yo-yo-ma-renee-fleming-lead-classical-music-flash-mob-97443 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-19/yoyoma1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On a normal day, the lower level of the Thompson Center in Chicago is like any other food court.&nbsp; But Monday afternoon, a sort-of classical flash-mob transformed the space from dining hall to concert hall.</p><p>Soprano Renee Fleming and cellist Yo-Yo Ma led a chorus of Chicago high school students and Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians in the performance. The show opened up with a call-and-response piece by students from Lake View High School, Chicago High School for the Arts and Merit School of Music. Then Ma and Fleming appeared and performed a piece together, accompanied by a pianist.</p><p>For most people, the event was a total and complete surprise. Some audience members had received an email from the CSO that some sort of concert was going on, but they had no idea who would be performing.</p><p>The group then performed a second song for the audience, "America, the Beautiful." Ma, Fleming and the students were accompanied by musicians from the CSO for this number and encouraged diners and onlookers to sing along. The performance was part of Citizen Musician, an initiative run by the CSO that calls on musicians to use their talents as community-building tools.</p><p>"We do believe so much in the importance of music and the arts not just in the concert hall, but in our everyday lives," Ma said.</p><p>The food court has since returned to its normal state.<a name="video"></a></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4yUCBNJjnuA" width="640"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 20:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/yo-yo-ma-renee-fleming-lead-classical-music-flash-mob-97443 As unemployment rises, Chicagoans protest http://www.wbez.org/story/unemployment-rises-chicagoans-protest-88912 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-08/unemployment protest 2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/unemployment-rate-rises-june-job-creation-slows-88872">U.S. Department of Labor reported today</a> that the nation's unemployment rate rose to a six-month high of 9.2 percent, up from last month's rate of 9.1 percent. Some Chicago residents say they're worried about finding work.</p><p>Organizers for <a href="http://www.chicagojwj.org/">Jobs with Justice</a> rallied at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago Friday afternoon to protest what they view as the government's mishandling of the current recession. They marched to a nearby Citibank, vocalizing their distress at the excess of money they argue is going to corporations.</p><p>“For the average person on the street, and for somebody my age, you really need a very healthy economy before you can have any prospect finding work,” said Robert Roman, a Rogers Park resident. “When you’re unemployed at 60 years old, it’s really tough, even when you have credentials.”</p><p>Even some younger Chicagoans don't see a particularly bright future. "When I went to school, they told us, we have...more jobs available than you can possibly take. It’s just not shaping up that way," said&nbsp;Brigidann Rauch, a recent graduate with a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.ides.state.il.us/">Illinois Department of Employment Security</a>, the unemployment rate in the Chicago metro area was 9.8 percent in May, up from 8.7 percent in April.</p><p>"I’m not actively looking for work because I know it’s absolutely useless," said Roman. "I have a certain amount of cushion that I can fall back on, and I figure, may as well use that up."</p></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 21:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/unemployment-rises-chicagoans-protest-88912 Photos of SlutWalk Chicago http://www.wbez.org/content/photos-slutwalk-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-04/IMG_2444.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Photos of the rally following the Chicago <a href="http://www.slutwalkchicago.org/">SlutWalk</a> on Saturday June 4. It was held in Daley Plaza. In an interview with WBEZ about the event, Chief co-organizer <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/slutwalk-comes-chicago-motivating-new-generation-feminists-87357">Jamie Keiles said</a>,&nbsp;“I would like to see sex entirely removed from the idea of rape. It’s a violent crime. I don’t think it should have anything to do with, if you’re a virgin, what you were wearing, if you were drinking. It should have to do with someone committed a violent crime against you, and they should be brought to justice."</p><div class="daylife_smartgalleries_container" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 400px; width: 600px;"><iframe class="daylife_smartgalleries_frame" src="http://galleries.wbez.org/gallery_slideshow/1307215661357?width=600&amp;disable_link_to_hosted_page=0&amp;height=375&amp;show_related=0" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div></p> Sat, 04 Jun 2011 19:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/photos-slutwalk-chicago