Hello world – welcome to my blog!

My name is Claire Liu, and I’m a graduate student at Northwestern University, pursuing my PhD under Professor John Rogers. I recently graduated from the University of Chicago, where I double-majored in molecular engineering and chemistry. While I’m an engineer/scientist by training, music is actually one of my strongest passions. I have many favorite artists, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Renato Bruson to Bruce Springsteen to Simon and Garfunkel to Murray Perahia to Riccardo Muti, the list is practically endless.

After taking a music class to fulfill an arts requirement at UChicago during my freshman year, I became inspired to embark on a comprehensive exploration of the world of classical music. The title of this blog, “Il corso del destino” (The class of destiny) is not only a pun on the title of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “La forza del destino” (The power of destiny), but also describes that one influential music class (“corso”) which started this whole journey. Hopefully you’ll be able to find something interesting as you read this blog and maybe be inspired to explore classical music and opera on your own! Feel free to contact me with any suggestions, comments, thoughts, etc.

(Note: Inspiration for the blog’s title also comes from Maestro Riccardo Muti’s autobiography, First the Music, Then the Words, in which he refers to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker) as “L’orchestra del destino” — the orchestra that he was ‘destined’ for.) Also…I do realize that technically, the title of this blog isn’t grammatically correct in Italian, as I think I borrowed a rule from the French language when making this title up, but since it’s stylistically similar to the “La forza del destino” (in terms of the article beginning with an “L”), I’m just going to keep it as it is 🙂

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